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'Taken' jumps out to early (and big) box office lead

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The Liam Neeson kidnapping thriller Taken scored big at the box office on Friday, grossing $9.4 million to win the first day of Super Bowl weekend with ease, BoxOfficeMojo reports. While the daily triumph was anticipated, the dollar total is something of a surprise — there was good reason to wonder if such a guy-baiting action flick could succeed in a frame with plenty of XY distractions. Meanwhile, the horror flick The Uninvited was a distant No. 2 on its first day, with $4.3 mil; the weekend’s other big new movie, Renee Zellweger’s New in Town, grossed just $2.4 mil at No. 6. The top of Friday’s chart is below, and please check back here on Sunday for a complete weekend recap in the Box Office Report.

1. Taken — $9.4 mil
2. The Uninvited — $4.3 mil
3. Paul Blart: Mall Cop — $4.2 mil
4. Gran Torino — $2.6 mil
5. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans — $2.5 mil
6. New in Town — $2.4 mil
7. Slumdog Millionaire — $2.3 mil

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