'Taken 2' punches the box office in the face for third-best October opening in history

taken-2-liam-neeson-box-office.jpg"Taken 2" has taken moviegoers for $50 million, which is the third-best box office opening weekend for an October release in history. It's actually the top spot for a PG-13 movie -- only "Paranormal Activity" and "Jackass 3D," both rated R, had higher opening October weekends.

Family fare "Hotel Transylvania" also continued a strong showing, earning just north of $26 million, and the female a capella comedy "Pitch Perfect" struck a chord for nearly $15 million.

In other notable numbers, "Perks of Being a Wallflower" expanded to 221 theaters nationwide and took in a respectable $1.5 million. It should continue to rise as it opens in more theaters across the country.

The full box office Top 10:

1. "Taken 2," $50 M
2. "Hotel Transylvania," $26.3 M
3. "Pitch Perfect," $14.7 M
4. "Looper," $12.2 M
5. "Frankenweenie," $11.5 M
6. "End of Watch," $4 M
7. "Trouble With the Curve," $3.9 M
8. "House at the End of the Street," $3.7 M
9. "The Master," $1.8 M
10. "Finding Nemo (3D)," 1.6 M
Photo/Video credit: 20th Century Fox
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