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Monday February 2, 2009 10:18 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Audiences are Taken with Liam Neeson

Maggie Grace in Taken

While it would seem logical to find a female-oriented movie on top after Super Bowl Sunday, an action thriller proved there was more than enough testosterone to go around. , starring Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson, took in $24.7 million making it the second best opener ever during the same football period. (Last year’s Hannah Montana concert film grossed $31.1 million.)

Meanwhile, a romantic comedy starring an actual Oscar winner, failed to do what counterprogramming options are meant to do: score a touchdown. , starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., earned $6.7 million and a disappointing 8th place. (Apparently Academy Awards don’t guarantee future success.) The romantic comedy raked in about 1/2 as much as Zellweger’s Leatherheads did…and that’s saying a lot.

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  1. Taken, 20th Century Fox, $24,717,037 (avg. $7765)
  2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Sony, $13,872,751 (avg. $4327)
  3. The Uninvited, Dreamworks, $10,325,824 (avg. $4405)
  4. Hotel for Dogs, Paramount, $8,632,740 (avg. $2732)
  5. Gran Torino, Warner Bros., $8,232,278 (avg. $2730)
  6. Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight, $7,628,713 (avg. $4672)
  7. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Sony, $7,581,272 (avg. $2577)
  8. New in Town, Lionsgate, $6,741,530 (avg. $3473)
  9. My Bloody Valentine 3D, Lionsgate, $4,479,662 (avg. $3186)
  10. Inkheart, Warner Bros., $3,721,492 (avg. $1402)

(You can review last week’s episode here.)

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