Magazine article Screen International

Taken 2 Hunts Down Looper at the UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Taken 2 Hunts Down Looper at the UK Box Office

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Fox's sequel dominates competition to record impressive $11.8m (£7.4m) debut, including previews, a result that means it has already taken more than the original film in its entire run.

Despite a lukewarm critical reception, Taken 2 has topped the UK box office following a superb opening bow.

Fox's sequel shot its way to $11.8m (£7.4m), including $1.9m (£1.2m) from previews on Thursday, from its 506 sites to end Looper's run as the UK's champion after just one week. That result is greater than the original took in its entire run back in 2008 when the sleeper hit amassed $10.3m (£6.4m), and also comfortably director Olivier Megaton's best-ever performance in the UK.

As 2012 openings go, Taken 2 ranks as the year's fifth biggest overall and marks the distributor's strongest opening to date in 2012, surpassing the $10.0m (£6.2m) debut recorded by Prometheus back in June.

eOne's well-received sci-fi Looper fell one place to second as a result of Taken 2's debut, but can still be pleased with a $2.4m (£1.5m) second weekend.

Rian Johnson's sci-fi now stands at $8.7m (£5.4m) and is the distributor's best performer of 2012, having overtaken The Sweeney which has taken $6.8m (£4.3m) after four weeks in play.

The week's second-highest new entry came in the form of Momentum's Sinister which scared its way to a strong $2.3m (£1.4m) opening to chart third at a $6,216 (£3,874) site average.

While not director Scott Derrickson's best UK opening, which belongs to the $4.4m (£2.8m) debut of his The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, it did manage to overcome the $2.2m (£1.3m) recorded by Derrickson's The Exorcism Of Emily Rose in 2005 and is on par with last year's horror breakout Insidious (produced by Sinister producer Jason Blum) which also took $2.3m (£1.4m) on its way to $11.5m (£7.1m) overall.

Also performing decently on debut was eOne's The Perks Of Being A Wallflower which notched a $1. …

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