Taken 2 breaks $100m worldwide in first weekend

News Simon Brew 8 Oct 2012 - 07:14

The decision to go with a soft rating for Taken 2 is vindicated, as the film enjoys one of the best October openings ever...

There's something really quite depressing about this story. Taken 2 opened around the world the weekend just gone, a film that had been softened to get a more family-friendly rating. As we reported here, the film was cut to get a 12A rating in the UK (our PG-13 equivalent), which seemed an odd move for such a hard-edged action film. In the US, the original Taken was released as PG-13, so it was less of a surprise that the sequel got the same rating.

But tailoring Taken to the family crowd has meant that the film has struck gold at the worldwide box office. The movie opened to a reported $50m weekend in the US alone, one of the best October openings of all time. It repeated the trick outside of the US, with another $55m added to the total. That puts Taken 2 at $105m worldwide after just one weekend.

It's a pretty rubbish film, but it's not the first movie to overcome scathing reviews to make a fortune. What's disappointing with this one is that it's a movie that, with its UK cut at least, has been deliberately neutered to play to the broadest audience. Off the back of the numbers the film has just brought in, that decision has, sadly, been vindicated.

Whilst Neeson and Luc Besson have both expressed reluctance to extend the franchise more, we'd suspect that some meetings will be taking place about a possible Taken 3 in the next few weeks...

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