Behind "Taken 2," two animated 3-D pictures will battle for the runner-up position.
After a robust launch in limited release last weekend, meanwhile,
When it opened back in 2009, the original "Taken" was a surprise hit, taking in a strong $24.7 million on
The second film, in which Neeson's former
Prior to "Taken," the 60-year-old Irish actor appeared as a supporting player a variety of films ranging from
This weekend, "Taken 2" will debut in 27 foreign countries, including China and the United Kingdom. So far, the film has opened in South Korea and grossed $6.4 million, already outpacing what the original made in the country three years ago.
"Frankenweenie" was originally a short film Burton made in 1984 about a boy who brings his beloved dog back to life using science -- a la Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." The writer-director is no stranger to stop-motion animation, having worked on both “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Corpse Bride.” While "Christmas" did well back in 1993, "Bride" only collected a so-so $53.4 million upon its 2005 release. However, Burton is coming off a flop, after his big-budget live-action flick