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Whole world is 'Taken' with sequel

The Liam Neeson sequel thriller 'Taken 2' has sold $132.8-million worth of receipts abroad — and it has yet to open in Central American and Japan.

October 14, 2012|By Amy Kaufman
  • Ben Affleck in "Argo."
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.

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