This past weekend was saw an increase of 50% compared to revenues of the same period from 2011. This success is due in large part to sequel Taken 2, which received $50 million after was designed in 3661 locations, making it one of the strongest debuts made so far in October. Another debut – stop-motion animation [rx: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, failed to impress, finishing in 5th place with $ 11.5 million, despite the intense promotion that took part. With $ 50 million, Taken 2 is the third best debut in October, after Paranormal Activity 3 (52.5 million dollars) and Jackass 3D (50.3 million dollars).
In January 2009, the first hit Taken film became a surprise of the 20th Century Fox studios, having received $ 226 million in international box-office from a budget of only $ 25 million. Three years after the original release, Taken 2 is likely to match the performance of its predecessor, but will need a strong impetus to become more profitable, because of a budget of $80 million. Figures collected will record certainly a big drop next week, especially after the audience and critics gave their opinion on the reference site Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has a score of only 20% fresh.
The second new title released this weekend, relied on passionate fans of Halloween and hoped to emulate the performance of animation Hotel Transylvania. Unfortunately, Frankenweenie has become a new failure in the record of Tim Burton, who also faced a similar situation with Dark Shadows, released in May this year. After being released last weekend in only 335 locations from which grossed an impressive $5.1 million, Pitch Perfect was released in 2770 theaters last Friday and finished on 3rd place with $ 14.7 million.