Oscar buzz and all the positive chatter of critics weren’t enough to put Ben Affleck’s “Argo” at the top of the weekend box office. The political thriller directed by (and starring) Affleck drew large crowds — and earned $20.1 million in the process — but still finished behind ‘‘Taken 2,’’ a sequel starring Liam Neeson that raked in $22.5 million in its second weekend.
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