ethan hawke sinister Ethan Hawke's 'Sinister' scares up surprise win over 'Taken 2' and 'Argo'“Sinister,” the new horror flick starring Ethan Hawke, was the surprise leader at Friday’s (Oct. 12) box office with $7.4 million, just edging out “Taken 2” ($7 million) in its second week. “Argo,” Ben Affleck‘s acclaimed political thriller, debuted in third place with $5.9 million.

Yet “Taken 2,” the Liam Neeson action-thriller sequel, is still predicted to win the overall weekend box office with $22.7 million, for a 10-day total of $90 million.

“Sinister,” “Argo” and Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania” — Friday’s fourth-place film with $4.2 million in its third week — are all expected to be close behind, with predictions of $17-$19 million for each film.

“Here Comes the Boom,” Kevin James‘ new comedy, opened with only $3.6 million on Friday for a No. 5 spot and isn’t expected to take in more than $12 million for the weekend.

“Seven Psychopaths,” the dark comedy starring Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson, grossed $1.4 million for the No. 9 spot, with “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” in 10th place with $692,000.