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Box Office Review: America taken by Taken

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The Liam Neeson thriller Taken ended the box office stranglehold of Paul Blart: Loser at Life this weekend by scoring a big win on Super Bowl weekend. Taken pulled in $24.6M to easily outpace the Kevin James non-laugher ($14M/$83.3M) and restore some semblance of sanity to the universe. Crappy re-make The Uninvited tallied up $10.5M in its opening weekend while Hotel for Dogs ($8.7M/$48.2M) managed to hold off the infinitely superior Gran Torino ($8.6M/$110.5M).

Oscar favorite Slumdog Millionaire led off the second half of the top 10 by adding $7.6M to its already bulging coffers ($67.2M). Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was a hair behind at $7.2M ($32.7M) while New in Town was mostly D.O.A. in its debut ($6.7M). My Bloody Valentine 3D continued to do decent business ($4.2M/$44.6M). Inkheart, however, is fading fast and looks to be a bust for Warner Brothers ($3.7M/$12.7M). In limited release, Medicine for Melancholy outperformed expecations ($14,700 per theater).