"Taken" was the number one film in the box office this weekend, bringing in $24.6 million. Last week's winner Paul Blart managed to keep its appeal with audiences a little while longer and came in 2nd with $14 mil.
The other new films didn't fare quite as well. "The Univited" came in third and the god-awful rom-com "New In Town" placed 8th. It currently sits at 20% over at Rotten Tomatoes, with most people agreeing that Ms. scrunchy-eyed, pouty-lipped Zellweger's cliche-ridden wackadoodle performance was the frosting on this cake of crap.
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall St Journal summed it up nicely:
"The month of January has come to be known as a graveyard for bad movies, but how bad can it get? This one answers the question."
Here's the top ten for the weekend.
1 (new) Taken $24,625,000
2 (1) Paul Blart: Mall Cop $14,000,000
3 (new) The Uninvited $10,512,000
4 (4) Hotel for Dogs $8,706,000
5 (3) Gran Torino $8,600,000
6 (5) Slumdog Millionaire $7,680,000
7 (2) Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans $7,200,000
8 (new) New in Town $6,750,000
9 (6) My Bloody Valentine $4,260,000
10 (7) Inkheart $3,700,000