Box Office Gets ‘Taken’ For Over $24 million


The Super Bowl is about to begin as I write this, and so my comments about this weekend’s box office will be especially brief — especially since so many people have been preoccupied with other things this weekend besides the movies. Like football, for example. Besides, it really was a dull and boring weekend as far as the box office was concerned. Total predictability took over at the theaters, for a change.

Suffice it to say that Our Long National Nightmare is Over. Paul Blart: Mall Cop has been taken down at the box office by, well, Taken. That flick took $24.6 million while Paul Blart took the expected $14 mil. The Uninvited placed third at $10.5 million, and New in Town was way back in eighth with $6.75 million.

As for the Oscar contenders, Slumdog Millionaire slumped to $7.6 million from last weekend’s high point, and the rest didn’t even crack the Top Ten. The results:

  1. Taken $24,625,000
  2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop $14,000,000
  3. The Uninvited $10,512,000
  4. Hotel for Dogs $8,706,000
  5. Gran Torino $8,600,000
  6. Slumdog Millionaire $7,680,000
  7. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans $7,200,000
  8. New in Town $6,750,000
  9. My Bloody Valentine 3-D  $4,260,000
  10. Inkheart  $3,700,000

That about does it for what was a dull weekend at the box office on what is traditionally one of the worst weekends at the cash register, Super Bowl weekend. All I will say is: good riddance to Paul Blart, finally. I’m glad his run at the top is over. He was making North American theatergoers look like people who have no good taste in movies at all.

That is all for now. See you later this week for more fun at the Reject Report.

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