‘Taken 2′ Maintains Number 1 Spot, ‘Argo’ Snatches Second Place

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ArgoDespite the release of two new films — one of which being the highly anticipated, Oscar-buzzy, and hair-raising film Argo from director Ben Affleck — the top grosser of the October 12 weekend goes to reigning champion Taken 2, which took in $22.5 million during its second weekend out in theaters (last weekend, Fox’s Liam Neeson action/thriller grossed in the neighborhood of $50 million).

As Hollywood.com Box Office Analyst Paul Dergarabedian tells us, Argo did win the second place spot this weekend, earning $20.1 million. The horror flick Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke at the center of a haunted house conspiracy, nabbed third place with an $18.3 million intake.

The collaborative efforts of Sony and Columbia Pictures proved fruitful enough to fill the fourth and fifth spots of the weekend, with the 3D-animated returning player Hotel Transylvania and the new live-action Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom. The movies grossed $17.3 million and $12 million, respectively.

One of the weekend’s new releases didn’t fare quite as well at the box office: Atlas Shrugged Part II, a retooled follow-up to the 2011 adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel, took in $1.7 million.

1. Taken 2 – $22,500,000 (Domestic total: $86,758,852) [Fox]

2. Argo – $20,120,000 [Warner Bros.]

3. Sinister – $18,250,000 [Lionsgate/Summit]

4. Hotel Transylvania – $17,300,000 (Domestic total: $102,193,000) [Sony/Columbia]

5. Here Comes the Boom – $12,000,000 [Sony/Columbia]

Box Office [Photo Credit: Warner Bros.]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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