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Friday Top Ten Box Office: 'Taken' Sequel Takes All

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2012 at 4:22PM

Led by European sequel "Taken 2," Friday's grosses shot up to $43 million for the top ten, up more than a third from last week and almost doubling a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it isn't surprising that domestic box office sometimes is pushed by non-British international productions.
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Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End of the St

$1,145,000 (-50%) in 3,003 theaters (-209); PSA: $381; Cumulative: $26,985,000

Normal drop as this Clint Eastwood-starrer has not developed the word of mouth that it needed to boost this from its mediocre opening.

What comes next: An ultimate gross of around $40 million will fall more than $100 million below Eastwood's last acting role, "Gran Torino."

8. House at the End of the Street (Relativity) Week 3 - Last Friday: #4; Last Weekend: #5

$1,140,000 (-51%) in 2,720 theaters (-363); PSA: $419; Cumulative: $24,973,000

Tailing off after stronger earlier performance, this modest horror film got what it could from having Jennifer Lawrence as its star, but not much else.

What comes next: No more Lawrence horror films for at least a while.

9. The Master (Weinstein) Week 4 - Last Friday: #10; Last Weekend: #9

$498,000 (-36%) in 864 theaters (+8); PSA: $576; Cumulative: $10,973,000

A modest drop with the theater count steady, an encouraging development after so far performing below what the acclaim and attention Paul Thomas Anderson's film has received.

What comes next: Still heading for under $20 million at least until a planned awards-parallel re-release later on.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Lionsgate) Week 3 - Last Friday: #13; Last Weekend: #13

$487,000 (+23%) in 221 theaters (+119); PSA: $2,203; Cumulative: $2,269,000

The jump in the gross was modest for more than doubling theaters in this still limited release, but still good enough for the top 10. "Pitch Perfect" seems to be competing heavily for the same audience.

What comes next: Though its opening numbers indicated a possible breakout/crossover performance ahead, as of now this looks like a more modest grosser.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Liam Neeson


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.