Nothing but good news in this box office report this weekend and not just because Liam Neeson and Taken 2 are at the top of it.
Update: Sunday, October 7, 2012 10am: If you read below, you will know that this was setting up for a great weekend at the box office, aka a great weekend for the movie industry as a whole.
The expectation was that Box Office would be up as much as 34% in year-to-year gross, well those expectations were matched and beaten. In fact, the box office is projecting a 41% year-to-year gain. That number on the wide shoulders of Taken 2, which is a flat out smash. Liam Neeson proves he still has it, and never lost it as Taken 2 is now projecting a monster weekend of $50 million dollars domestic. That would make Taken 2 the second biggest October opening weekend in film history — only behind Paranormal Activity 3. Who would have thought twenty years ago that in 2012, Liam Neeson would be one of the most profitable action star in the world over the last five years? Don’t raise your hand, if you do, I’ll know you are lying. The Box Office Top Ten can be seen at the bottom of the page.
Saturday, October 6 2012 7am: The Box Office has woken up for the Fall run and is leaving the end of sleepy summer and the yawning September months in its rearview. In fact, the box office will be up year-to-year this weekend and early projections suggest it could be up as much as 34%. Plus, Taken 2 is the first film that has performed normally for late night shows since July’s Aurora shooting tragedy.
The clear Friday night winner and already proclaimed Box Office weekend winner is Liam Neeson’s Taken 2. The high octane Bryan Mills killing party film has already pulled in an estimated $17.5 million dollars, in route to a projected $46.3 million dollar weekend. Compare that to the first Taken which made $9.4 million on Friday back in January of 2009 in route to a $24 million dollar opening weekend.
Taken 2 is looking to leave the first Taken in the dust. The question will be, how long can Taken 2 sustain this box office pace. The first Taken did $21 million in it’s fourth week! Somehow, I doubt Taken 2 will be only $3 million off the opening weekend pace a month from now. However, Executive Producer and Writer Luc Besson won’t care as long as the sequel out earns Taken which made $145 million dollars domestically and $226 million dollars world wide.
Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania pulled in $6.2 million dollars on Friday in its second week and is rolling to a $24.8 million dollar weekend. The Genndy Tartakovsky animated comedy made $42 million dollars in its opening weekend and projections are giving Hotel Transylvania a two week cumulative gross of $74.5 million dollars.
Meanwhile, Pitch Perfect starring Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks is having a solid second weekend finishing Friday in 3rd with $4.3 million dollars. Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is floundering on the other hand. Disney’s and my worst fear was, people just don’t appreciate stop motion anymore with the computer animation business where it is today. Frankenweenie finished Friday in fourth with$3.5 million dollars, and its hard to image the film finishing better than that when it’s all said and done. Below is the Box Office top ten sampled from Deadline.
1. Taken 2 (Fox) NEW [3,661 Runs] PG13
Friday $18.5M, Saturday $19.0M, Weekend $50.0M
2. Hotel Transylvania 3D (Sony Animation) Week 2 [3,352 Runs] PG
Friday $6.4M, Saturday $11.7M, Weekend $27.1M (-36%), Cume $76.8M
3. Pitch Perfect (Universal) Week 2 [2,770 Runs] PG13
Friday $4.8M, Saturday $5.9M, Weekend $14.6M, Cume $21.5M
4. Looper (FilmDistrict/Sony) Week 2 [2,993 Runs] R
Friday $3.5M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $12.0M (-42%), Cume $40.1M
5. Frankenweenie 3D (Disney) NEW [3,005 Runs] PG
Friday $3.2M, Saturday $4.5M, Weekend $11.1M
6. End Of Watch (Open Road) Week 3 [2,370 Runs] R
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $3.8M, Cume $32.7M
7. Trouble with the Curve (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,003 Runs] PG13
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $3.8M, Cume $29.7M
8. House At End Of Street (Relativity) Week 3 [2,720 Runs] PG13
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $3.7M, Cume $27.6M
9. The Master (Weinstein) Week 4 [864 Runs] R
Friday $498K, Saturday $839K, Weekend $1.8M, Cume $12.3M
10. Finding Nemo 3D (Disney) Week 4 [1,746 Runs] G
Friday $366K, Saturday $690K, Weekend $1.5M, Cume $39.0M
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