It’s no surprise that Taken 2 opened big, but doing fifty million was well above expectations. People loved the first film, and this looked to deliver more of the same. And unless the film collapses after opening weekend, it should do over a hundred million domestic. Also: poor, poor Frankenweenie.

Film Weekend Per Screen Total
1 Taken 2
$50,000,000 $13,657 $50,000,000
2 Hotel Transylvania $26,300,000 (-38.1%) $7,846 $76,000,000
3 Pitch Perfect $14,700,000 (+185.5%) $5,307 $21,600,000
4 Looper $12,200,000 (-41.4%) $4,076 $40,300,000
5 Frankenweenie $11,500,000
$3,827 $11,500,000
6 End of Watch $4,000,000 (-48.8%) $1,688 $32,846,000
7 Trouble With the Curve $3,870,000 (-46.8%) $1,289 $29,710,000
8 House at the End of the Street $3,698,000 (-48.1%) $1,360 $27,531,000
9 The Master $1,840,000 (-31.4%) $2,130 $12,315,000
10 Finding Nemo $1,555,000 (-61.5%) $891 $38,969,000

The original Taken opened to $24.7 Million on its way to a $145 Million total. This may get to that, but odds are its opening weekend is inflated and that it will make closer to $130 when all is said and done. We’ll likely see a horror-sized drop for this picture. It all depends on how big Argo is next week. Regardless, they are about to throw money at Liam Neeson, who said he wouldn’t do a third. Smart negotiating tactic all things. There’s no way they wouldn’t want a sequel at this point.

Hotel Transylvania is the big winner of the three horror kids films of the season. But what may be more shocking is that – on paper – the one that looked the most appealing is the one that did the worst. Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie didn’t open, and though it’s possible that it will play through Halloween, it’s already being beaten by  Transylvania, so it’s unlikely Frank will rise when audiences have clearly picked the one they prefer. Of course, which one ends up in homes and burned into children’s brains as a holiday classic is anyone’s guess at this point. Hotel should get over $100 Million, maybe not next weekend, but soon, and if it does well overseas, expect more.

Pitch Perfect had a 300 screen limited engagement last week, and though that limited release made no sense, it seemingly helped because the film opened to $15 Million this weekend, and now has a $20 Million plus war chest. The film needs to do over $40 Million to be a success (if its budget was $17 Million, as has been suggested), but that seems likely. The biggest problem for the film is that international appeal is going to be minimal.

Last weekend there was talk that Looper, which opened to over $20 Million domestic, had made $25 Million that weekend in China. Somewhere in the middle of the week that China number was questioned and $25 Million became $5-7 Million, and the real number is still unknown. Doesn’t matter to much in the scheme of things as the film held well enough and is now over $40 Million, so $50 isn’t going to be a problem and $70 Million will be the ceiling. But if it doubles its $30 Million (supposed) budget domestically, that’s a big big deal. We already seen Looper director Rian Johnson get mentioned for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we’re likely to see him tossed in the ring for even more and more big budget productions.

The Master is not connecting with mainstream audiences, which should be no surprise to anyone who’s seen it. Next week brings four wide releases, and we’re about to enter the big fall season of film, so it will continue to lose screens and dwindle. And there’s a lot of big movies between now and the end of the year. But regardless of its box office take, The Master should linger – if nowhere else – in awards talk.

Reality Check: I thought Frankenweenie might have a fighting chance and that Taken 2 would do closer to $40 than 50. Otherwise, I did very well.

What did you watch this weekend?