Liam Neeson's Taken 2 held on to the top box office spot for the second week in a row. It raked in another impressive $22.5 million. Which films proved stiff competition? Take a look and see.
Ben Affleck, whose career has suffered greatly ever since he made Daredevil, roared back to life with Argo. The film did even better than hoped for with just over $20 million in theater receipts. Even more impressive was that audiences graded the movie very highly with a surprising A plus.
Argo is already receiving Oscar buzz. The great box office start also indicates viewer interest in the film. That one-two punch doesn't happen as often as moviegoers might think.
Ethan Hawke's horror film, Sinister, fared well. It was low-budget for these days, costing just $3 million to make against an $18.3 million box office take. The bad news is the audiences panned the movie afterwards. It hit just above average, with a C plus.
The new children's fave, Hotel Transylvania, came in fourth. It made a respectable $17.3 million.
Fifth place went to Kevin James' new film, Here Comes the Boom. Sadly, the sitcom star's newest effort failed to gain the attention hoped for with a disappointing $12 million.
Pitch Perfect continued to surprise. It held on to sixth place with $9.3 million.
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie survived in seventh place with $7 million. It seems fans didn't like it as much as some of the movie critics did.
Bruce Willis' Looper stayed in the top 10. It landed in eighth place with an okay $6.3 milion.
Newbie film Seven Psychopaths barely got any attention. It made the top 10, though, with $4.3 million. That's about $11.7 million short of what the film's cost.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a highly touted Emma Watson vehicle, barely made it into the top 10. It drew a disappointing $2.2 million.
The Master finally fizzled out. It and Clint Eastwood's Trouble With the Curve slipped in the ratings. While the critics still tout it as an Oscar contender, apparently the public isn't buying. The movie has only made $14 million total.
The success of Taken 2 put Liam Neeson among the ranks of super action heroes. That's not a bad place for someone who's over 60. The question is: Can he hold the top spot for three weeks in a row? That remains unknown but looks more than possible.
The second part of Atlas Shrugged did no better than the first part. The good news is, it also did no worse. It pulled in $1.7 million.