The final installment of
The healthy opening puts the thriller ahead of Universal's "Lone Survivor," which opened with $14.4 million during this same time period last year and just behind
"Taken 3" cost about $48 million to make and was financed by French writer-producer Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It took over the top spot from
In second place Friday night was director Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic "Selma," which opened in 2,179 theaters and earned a respectable $3.8 million. The film was financed by Pathe/Harpo Films and distributed by Paramount. Last month, the film received four nominations for Sunday's Golden Globes, which could help support its continued box-office march.
Also in the top five was Universal's "Unbroken," which grossed $2.6 million on 3,301 screens, followed in a virtual tie by Buena Vista's "Into the Woods," which is playing on 2,833 screens, and "The Hobbit," both with about $2.5 million.