'Taken 2' Takes Box Office Title

Hollywood's box office slump is now officially over, as Liam Neeson's butt kicking action thriller "Taken 2" easily took the top spot this weekend with an impressive $50 million debut. It's the second weekend in a row the top film has broken the $40 million mark following "Hotel Transylvania's" $43 million bow last week.

And "Taken 2's" huge haul isn't just a bit of welcome news for an industry that had suffered through one of the worst months in box office history this September; it's also more than double the amount the first "Taken" earned in its 2009 debut ($24 million), putting the film on track to become one of the rare sequels that outperforms the original.

Of course, despite the fact that the box office was up 41% over last year's figures, it wasn't all rainbows and lollipops, as Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" was dead on arrival, earning just $11.5 million in its opening weekend for a fifth place finish. That puts it well behind the similarly horror-themed animated hit "Hotel Transylvania," which came in second with a very strong $26.3 million.

And finally, the word of mouth hit "Pitch Perfect" expanded to wide release this weekend following a surprisingly robust $5.2 million debut in limited release last weekend. Building on that positive buzz, the Anna Kendrick musical moved up three spots to third place on the charts with a $14.7 million take, meaning the film has already earned more than its meager $17 million budget.

Here's a look at the full chart, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. "Taken 2" - $50m (our review)

2. "Hotel Transylvania" - $26.3m (our review)

3. "Pitch Perfect" - $14.7m (our review)

4. "Looper" - $12.2m (our review)

5. "Frankenweenie" - $11.5m (our review)

6. "End of Watch" – $4m (our review)

7. "Trouble with the Curve" – $3.9m (our review)

8. "House at the End of the Street" – $3.7m (our review)

9. "The Master" – $1.8m (our review)

10. "Finding Nemo" - $1.5m