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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Neeson's film knocked off top spot

Liam Neeson's Taken 2 has lost the number one spot in the US

Liam Neeson's Taken sequel has been knocked off the top of the US box office.

The follow-up to the 2008 thriller had been the number one film in America for the last two weekends, but has now slipped to fourth place with 13.4 million dollars, which raised its US haul to 106 million.

This week's top movie was Paranormal Activity 4, which debuted at number one with 30.2 million dollars. The film, starring Katie Featherston and Kathryn Newton, also did well outside the US, with 26.5 million in 33 countries.

However, the takings were a big drop from the 40 million and 50 million opening weekends of the last two instalments in the horror franchise.

Ben Affleck's Iran hostage tale Argo held up well in its second weekend, remaining in second place with 16.6 million, dropping just 15 per cent from its debut. The movie sees Hollywood star Ben playing a CIA specialist who concocts a wild plan to rescue six Americans hiding in Tehran after the 1979 takeover of the US embassy there.

Adam Sandler's animated hit Hotel Transylvania, from Sony Pictures, also held up well at number three with 13.5 million dollars, pushing its earnings Stateside to a tidy 119 million.

Elsewhere, perpetual hit maker Tyler Perry failed to find an audience for his new persona as an ace crime solver. Alex Cross, starring Tyler as author James Patterson's criminal profiler, didn't fare too well at the box office, opening in fifth place with 11.8 million.

Tyler has written, directed and starred in a string of hits featuring his sassy grandma Madea, and the opening weekends for those films have sometimes been two and three times bigger than that of Alex Cross.

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