Weekend Box Office: Taken 2 is No. 1

Despite terrible reviews, Taken 2 took the top spot in weekend box office earnings, crushing Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion-animated kiddie horror flick.

Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 earned an estimated $50 million, more than double what Taken earned in 2009. Box Office Mojo called its performance one of the best October debut’s ever.

Frankenweenie, a black-and-white comedy with echoes of Frankenstein, was about a suburban kid with mad science skills who brings his dead pup back to life. It had the misfortune of opening one week after Hotel Transylvania, which targeted the same family audience with a comedic monster theme.

Hotel Transylvania came in second place with an estimated $26.3 million, a 38 percent from the previous week.

Pitch Perfect, expanding nationally, came in third place with an estimated $14.7 million.

Looper, also in its second week, snagged fourth place, earning an estimated $12.2 million.

Frankenweenie took fifth place with $11.5 million.

Stop-motion animation can be a tough sale. Burton’s decision to film in black-and-white might also have dampened the audience. Opening on the heels of Hotel Transylvania, though, most likely drove the nails into its coffin.

Frankenweenie got favorable reviews, generally, but it earned far less than Corpse Bride, Burton’s previous stop-motion animated movie, which earned $19.1 million in its national bow.

It’s also worse than ParaNorman‘s recent disappointing $14.1 million opening and only a tad better than The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which was considered a bomb when it opened in April to a mere $11.1 million.


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