Ben Affleck's Argo Can't Unseat the No. 1 Film

Liam Neeson wins again with 'Taken 2'

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2012 4:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Liam Neeson edged Ben Affleck at the box office this weekend as Taken 2 banked $22.5 million and the Affleck-directed political thriller Argo debuted at $20.1 million, says the Hollywood Reporter. The micro-budgeted horror film Sinister ($18.3 million) beat expectations by taking third, followed by Hotel Transylvania ($17.3 million) and the new comedy Here Comes the Boom ($12 million). The conservative-leaning Atlas Shrugged: Part II ($1.7 million) took twelfth in its first weekend.

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Liam Neeson in a scene from Taken 2.
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Liam Neeson in a scene from "Taken 2."   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Magali Bragard)
Ben Afflect in Argo.
Ben Afflect in "Argo."   (Warner Bros.)
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