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“Taken 2″ Takes Down “Argo” In Close Weekend

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(Source: Photo by Magali Bragard – © 2012 - EUROPACORP M6 FILMS - GRIVE PRODUCTIONS.)

Scene from Taken 2 when Bryan Mills takes out the kidnappers, one by one to get his family to safety. Taken 2 comes out October 5, 2012 (Source: Photo by Magali Bragard – © 2012 – EUROPACORP M6 FILMS – GRIVE PRODUCTIONS.)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Neeson’s “Taken 2″ has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck’s “Argo.”

Sunday studio estimates put 20th Century Fox’s action sequel “Taken 2″ at No. 1 with $22.5 million in its second weekend. “Taken 2″ raised its domestic total to $86.8 million.

Affleck’s “Argo,” an Iranian hostage thriller from Warner Bros., opened in second-place with $20.1 million.

Ethan Hawke’s fright flick “Sinister,” a Lionsgate release about a true-crime writer caught up in supernatural horror, debuted at No. 3 with $18.3 million.

Sony’s “Here Comes the Boom,” with Kevin James as a teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts sensation, started weakly at No. 5 with $12 million.

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