The action film “Taken” took number one at the box office this weekend, raking in $24.6 million — even after having to compete with Super Bowl Sunday. The PG-13 rated thriller stars Liam Neeson as a father hunting the brutal kidnappers of his daughter.
Meanwhile, Kevin James’ comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” continued its ride on the top of the film gross list. In this its third weekend, the film took second place with $14 million, marking a total of $83.4 million.
Another newcomer “The Uninvited”, a thriller about a former psychiatric patient stalked by a maniac, took in $10.5 million and third place. The film is a remake of the highest-grossing Korean horror film to date, “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003), directed by Ji-woon Kim.
The canine comedy “Hotel for Dogs” was fourth with $8.7 million, while Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” was No. 5 with $8.6 million. The drama has taken in $111 million since its release two months ago. Renee Zellweger’s romantic comedy “New in Town” was the only other major new release. It was eighth with $6.75 million.
Despite a traditionally slow weekend at theaters, the film industry concluded its strongest January on record. It racked up more than $1 billion in ticket sales and boosted attendance 17 percent over 2008, according to studio estimates from Media by Numbers.
Box Office Grosses
|2||Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)||$14M||$83.4M|
|3||The Uninvited (2009)||$10.5M||$10.5M|
|4||Hotel for Dogs (2009)||$8.71M||$48.2M|
|5||Gran Torino (2008)||$8.6M||$111M|
|6||Slumdog Millionaire (2008)||$7.68M||$67.2M|
|7||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)||$7.2M||$32.8M|
|8||New in Town (2009)||$6.75M||$6.75M|
|9||My Bloody Valentine (2009)||$4.26M||$44.6M|