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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Update: 'Taken' Sequel Doubles Original, 'Transylvania' Trounces 'Frankenweenie'

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood October 7, 2012 at 12:39PM

Led by European sequel "Taken 2," the weekend's grosses shot up to $129 million for the top ten, up $26 million from last week and $59 million from a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it's no surprise when the domestic box office is pushed by non-Brit international productions.
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Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake in "Trouble with the Curve"
Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake in "Trouble with the Curve"
7. Trouble With the Curve (Warner Brothers) Week 3 - Last Weekend: #4

$3,870,000 (-47%) in 3,003 theaters (-209); PSA: $1,289; Cumulative: $29,710,000

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 Weekend: #5

$3,698,000 (-48%) in 2,720 theaters (-363); PSA: $1,360; Cumulative: $27,531,000

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 a while.

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

$1,840,000 (-31%) in 864 theaters (+8); PSA: $2,130; Cumulative: $12,315,000

Stabilizing nicely, holding position with a modest falloff after so far not showing the same level of public acclaim compared to the over-the-moon critical response.

What comes next: Still looking like it will end up around $20 million before the scheduled wider release down the line when expected awards and nominations come along.

10. Finding Nemo 3D (Buena Vista) - Week 4 - Last Weekend: #7

$1,555,000 (-61%) in 1,746 theaters (-893); PSA: 891; Cumulative: $38,969,000

Why are we getting so many 3D animated films? Three in the top 10 the same week is why. With the other skewing slightly older (PG), the G-rated "Nemo" still holds on.

What comes next: Probably very few 2D animated studio releases.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Looper, Pitch Perfect, Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, Tim Burton, Tim Burton, 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.