Weekend Box Office: Top Slot 'Taken' Over
Weekend Box Office: Top Slot 'Taken' Over
Traditionally, film studios don’t release action flicks over the Super Bowl weekend, and for good reason: their target audience, predominantly male, aren’t going to watch, especially on the day of the game itself.  This year, however, seems to be a change in the trend, as Liam Neeson’s action thriller Taken has won the top spot on the past weekend’s box office sales.  Only on its first week, it took in $24.7 million in sales.

Two other films debuted last week: horror flick The Uninvited took in $10.3 million and settled for third place, while the Renee Zellweger romantic comedy New in Town took eighth place with $6.7 million in sales.  Former first placer Paul Blart: Mall Cop dropped to second place, but still gained enough traction to wheel in $13.8 million.

Oscar bet Slumdog Millionaire also continued its successful run in the box office, taking in $7.6 million over the weekend.  It has performed considerably better than other Oscar nominees for Best Picture, such as Milk and The Reader, both of which debuted to more theaters over the weekend.  Below are the top ten films in the box office over the weekend:

1. Taken: $24,717,037 (new)
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop: $13,872,751 (last week #1)
3. The Uninvited: $10,325,824 (new)
4. Hotel for Dogs: $8,632,740 (unchanged)
5. Gran Torino: $8,232,278 (last week #3)
6. Slumdog Millionaire: $7,628,713 (last week #5)
7. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans: $7,581,272 (last week #2)
8. New in Town: $6,741,530 (new)
9. My Bloody Valentine 3-D: $4,479,662 (last week #6)
10. Inkheart: $3,721,492 (last week #7)

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Variety
(Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)