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‘Taken 2’ is tops at the box office

Critics don’t like ‘‘Taken 2,’’ but Liam Neeson’s action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie was. ‘‘Taken 2’’ led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s double the haul for Neeson’s ‘‘Taken,’’ which took in $24.7 million in its US debut in early 2009. The previous weekend’s No. 1 movie at the US box office, Adam Sandler’s animated hit, ‘‘Hotel Transylvania,’’ dropped to second place with $26.3 million. The Sony release raised its domestic total to $76 million, and it has taken in $29.3 million overseas for a worldwide haul of $105.3 million. Expanding into nationwide release after a limited debut a week earlier, Universal’s music tale ‘‘Pitch Perfect’’ moved up to third place with $14.7 million. The movie stars Anna Kendrick as a college freshman spicing things up for her a cappella singing squad. Sony’s sci-fi thriller ‘‘Looper,’’ starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fell from second place to fourth with $12.2 million, lifting its domestic haul to $40.3 million. Tim Burton’s animated monster tale ‘‘Frankenweenie’’ had a slow start, taking in $11.5 million to round out the top five. The Disney release is an update of Burton’s 1984 live-action short film, about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life. (AP)

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