Box Office: 'Taken 3' Takes Huge $40M Weekend, 'Selma' Opens To $11M

January 11, 2015 4:26 PM

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Taken 3, or Tak3n as the cool kids call it, became the first big hit of 2015 with a stunning $40.4 million debut weekend. That’s 60% more than the $25m that the first Taken earned on its first weekend over Super Bowl weekend in 2009 and just 18% less than the $49.5m earned by Taken 2 on its debut frame in October 2012. It’s actually the third biggest January Friday gross behind Ride Along ($41m in 2014) and just ahead of Cloverfield ($40m in 2008). Absolutely no one was expecting Taken 3 to reach the massive $49.5m debut weekend of Taken 2, which was among the top debut weekends for any non-fantasy action picture on record. But the fact that this terribly-reviewed threequel dropped in mid-January is going to get pretty close means that maybe general audiences didn’t hate Taken 2 as much as you and I might have. Or they just wanted to see Liam Neeson play Bryan Mills (for $20m) one last time. The $48 million EuropaCorp production, distributed by 20th Century Fox Fox, is EuropaCorp’s second big smash in a row, following the $44m debut (and eventual $458m worldwide gross) of Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy. Maybe they should consider putting some of that money into Space Jail 2?

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