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Box Office: "Taken 2" Steals Top Spot from "Hotel Transylvania"

Posted Sunday October 7, 2012 11:08 AM GMT

Spearheading another solid weekend at movie theaters across the States, "Taken 2" is comfortable situated atop the box office to begin the weekend of October 5-7, 2012.

The Olivier Megaton directed crime drama starring Liam Neeson as a retired CIA operative scored a $18.5 million opening day followed by a $19 million day two while estimated to churn out a respectable weekend total of $50.0 million.

Getting bumped down a peg is last weekend's top dog, "Hotel Transylvania," as Sony Pictures Animation's family comedy starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez sits in the runner-up slot with a $6.4 million Friday and $11.7 million Saturday putting it in line for a sophomore weekend of $27.1 million.

Filling out the top five at the box office in earmarked earnings are the Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow starring musical production "Pitch Perfect" ($14.6 million) in third and the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Emily Blunt helmed sci-fi thriller "Looper" ($11.2 million) in fourth while Tim Burton and Disney's animated newcomer "Frankenweenie" ($12.5 million) rounds out the projected top five finishers this weekend.