Thriller Taken 2 earns second box office win
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Liam Neeson thriller Taken 2 won a battle between two hostage movies over the weekend, holding on to its top box office rankings for a second week with US$22.5 million (S$27.5 million) from ticket sales at United States (US) and Canadian theaters.
Ben Affleck's highly praised Iran hostage thriller Argo was as close second, earning US$20.1 million from Friday through Sunday. Low-budget horror movie Sinister came in third with US$18.3 million, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.
Action sequel Taken 2 stars Neeson as a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent who is captured while on vacation in Istanbul. The movie has pulled in US$86.8 million at North American (US and Canadian) cinemas since its debut a week ago, plus US$132.8 million from international markets.
"We continue to play broadly across all demographics and it is a testament to the strength of Liam's character and the property," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox, which released the film.