‘Taken 2’ Takes in $18.6M on Friday!

ALTWith a massive first day take of $18.6 million in 3,661 theaters Fox’s Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson tops Friday’s box office derby and a potential opening weekend in the near $50 million range! That’s almost double the debut weekend of 2009’s Taken which opened with $24.7 million. In second place in its second weekend is Sony’s Hotel Transylvania with $6.5 million on Friday and a scarily strong gross of $23 to $25 million expected for the weekend and a total through Sunday in the low to mid $70 million range.

Third place on Friday belongs to the newly expanded Pitch Perfect from Universal which adds 2,446 theaters this weekend for a total of 2,781 and $4.9 million for Friday and $11.8 million to date and a gross in the mid teens for the weekend. Sony’s Looper adds another $3.5 million on Friday and an expected $10 to $11 million for the weekend and a 10 day total in the high $30 million range. Rounding out the Top 5 is Disney’s Frankenweenie in IMAX and 3-D with $3.268 million for Friday and an expected Friday through Sunday total in the low teens.

Daily Box Office
Top Movies for Friday, October 5, 2012
Movie Friday Gross Total to Date
1 Taken 2 (PG13) $18.6M $18.6M
2 Hotel Transylvania (PG) $6.5M $56.2M
3 Pitch Perfect (PG13) $4.9M $11.8M
4 Looper (R) $3.5M $31.6M
5 Frankenweenie (PG) $3.268M $3.268M