liam neeson taken 2 box office Box Office: 'Taken 2' opens strong; 'Frankenweenie' can't top 'Transylvania' with kiddie crowdThe Friday box office estimates are in and the Liam Neeson action flick “Taken 2” is poised to have a huge weekend, especially considering how paltry the box office has been the last couple months.

“Taken 2” earned $18.6 million Friday night, nearly tripling the take of the second-place “Hotel Transylvania,” which brought in $6.5 million. “Pitch Perfect” was third with $4.9 million, followed by “Looper” $3.5 million.

The only other new movie that opened in wide release is “Frankenweenie,” which was fifth at $3.3, so apparently with the kiddies, Dracula > Frankenstein.

The full box office Top 10:

1. “Taken 2,” $18.6 M
2. “Hotel Transylvania,” $6.5 M
3. “Pitch Perfect,” $4.9 M
4. “Looper,” $3.5 M
5. “Frankenweenie,” $3.3 M
6. “End of Watch,” $1.2 M
7. “Trouble With the Curve,” $1.15 M
8. “House at the End of the Street,” $1.14 M
9. “The Master,” $498 K
10. “Finding Nemo (3D),” $384 K