Ben Affleck in "Argo." (Warner Bros. )
Liam Neeson wouldn't let anyone take No. 1 from him at the box office this past weekend in the U.S. or overseas.
"Taken 2," the kidnapping thriller starring the 60-year-old actor, dominated international ticket sales, raking in $41 million from 59 foreign markets. Overall, the movie has sold $132.8-million worth of receipts abroad — already far more than the $81.8 million the original "Taken" collected internationally in 2009.
The movie, which sees Neeson's former CIA operative taken captive, is performing best in the United Kingdom, where it has grossed $23.4 million. The movie is also doing brisk business in China, collecting $10.8 million in the country.
The sequel has yet to open in Central America and Japan.
Meanwhile, "Hotel Transylvania" is scaring up a healthy number of sales abroad, crossing $100 million overseas this weekend. Playing in only 25 foreign countries, Sony's 3-D animated film has racked up $102.2 million internationally in three weeks of release.