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.

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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
Week Ending February 1, 2009

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Taken (2008/I) $24.6M $24.6M
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
10 Inkheart (2008) $3.7M $12.8M