- Associated Press - Monday, October 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Liam Neeson has taken over the weekend box office with his action sequel “Taken 2,” which debuted at No. 1 with $49.5 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Taken 2,” Fox, $49,514,769, 3,661 locations, $13,525 average, $49,514,769, one week.

2. “Hotel Transylvania,” Sony, $27,053,395, 3,352 locations, $8,071 average, $76,711,927, two weeks.

3. “Pitch Perfect,” Universal, $14,846,830, 2,770 locations, $5,360 average, $21,693,038, two weeks.

4. “Looper,” Sony, $12,116,001, 2,993 locations, $4,048 average, $40,216,652, two weeks.

5. “Frankenweenie,” Disney, $11,412,213, 3,005 locations, $3,798 average, $11,412,213, one week.

6. “End of Watch,” Open Road Films, $4,004,071, 2,370 locations, $1,689 average, $32,850,017, three weeks.

7. “Trouble With the Curve,” Warner Bros., $3,829,153, 3,003 locations, $1,275 average, $29,668,976, three weeks.

8. “House at the End of the Street,” Relativity, $3,756,023, 2,720 locations, $1,381 average, $27,589,167, three weeks.

9. “The Master,” Weinstein Co., $1,861,703, 864 locations, $2,155 average, $12,337,032, four weeks.

10. “Finding Nemo,” Disney, $1,624,536, 1,746 locations, $930 average, $39,038,997, four weeks.

11. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Lionsgate, $1,566,526, 221 locations, $7,088 average, $3,348,865, three weeks.

12. “Resident Evil: Retribution,” Sony Screen Gems, $1,158,066, 1,361 locations, $851 average, $41,008,796, four weeks.

13. “Won’t Back Down,” Fox, $1,016,157, 2,517 locations, $404 average, $4,483,670, two weeks.

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