‘Taken’ Captures Box-Office #1, Despite Super Bowl

Liam Neeson thriller defeats 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop,' 'The Uninvited.'

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 “Taken” ($24.6 million)
#2 “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” ($14 million)
#3 “The Uninvited” ($10.5 million)
#4 “Hotel for Dogs” ($8.7 million)
#5 “Gran Torino” ($8.6 million)

[movieperson id="45905"]Liam Neeson[/movieperson] went up against kidnappers and the Super Bowl this weekend, and he emerged victorious in at least one of those battles (we wouldn’t want to spoil the movie for you). [movie id="340882"]“Taken”[/movie] took the top spot at the box office with $24.6 million, exceeding expectations for a weekend usually dominated by football. While Super Bowl Sunday took its chunk out of the total take, the millions made on Friday and Saturday more than made up for the loss, and Hollywood saw grosses go up 1 percent from last year.

The success of “Taken” also proves that women weren’t the only ones who preferred film over football, as exit polls for the movie indicate that the audience was a healthy 50-50 split between men and women. In fact, it was the weekend’s girl-friendly offering that had the poorest performance, with [movieperson id="168632"]Renée Zellweger[/movieperson]‘s romantic comedy [movie id="364449"]“New In Town”[/movie] debuting at a disappointing #8, earning only $6.8 million.

[movie id="351028"]“The Uninvited”[/movie] did better, opening at #3 with $10.5 million, continuing a January trend that has seen supernatural or horror flicks debuting in the top five, though they haven’t had much staying power.

[movie id="368253"]“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,”[/movie] on the other hand, has had staying power. Though the comedy finally fell from the #1 spot, it didn’t fall farther than #2, with $14 million, bringing its total gross to $83.4 million. [movie id="366067"]“Hotel For Dogs”[/movie] hung on to its #4 spot with $8.7 million, for a total gross of $48.2 million. It’s not too surprising to see the only two family-friendly options continuing to rake in the dollars over Super Bowl weekend. You have to entertain the little ones somehow, after all.

But when it comes to box-office champions, the prize goes to [movie id="384597"]“Gran Torino,”[/movie] which dropped two spots with $8.6 million but has managed to stay in the top five since its wide release five weeks ago. With a box-office total of $110.5 million, it has set a new personal best for [movieperson id="78111"]Clint Eastwood[/movieperson], beating out his previous $102.2 million record for 1993′s [movie id="17137"]“In the Line of Fire.”[/movie]

Upcoming Releases

Next weekend sees [movieperson id="266286"]Dakota Fanning[/movieperson] doing double duty as a lead voice in [movie id="301308"]“Coraline”[/movie] and a co-star of [movieperson id="266872"]Chris Evans[/movieperson] in [movie id="362438"]“Push.”[/movie] [movieperson id="89725"]Steve Martin[/movieperson] dusts off his French accent for [movie id="306960"]“The Pink Panther 2,”[/movie] while an ensemble A-list cast tries to convince us that [movie id="342857"]“He’s Just Not That Into You.”[/movie]

Check out everything we’ve got on “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Taken.”

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