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Taken 2 is still no. 1 in second consecutive week

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MUMBAI: For the second week in succession, Taken 2, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, has taken the top foreign box office ranking with an intake of $41 million from more than 50 foreign markets. Currently, its overseas gross total stands at $132.8 million.

The action sequel starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen remained the U.K.‘s No. 1 title ($6 million from 779 locations for a local intake of $23.4 million) in its second market round and drew $4 million in its second China round at 1,500 situations for a cume of $10.8 million. The film‘s second Australia session grossed $3.7 million at 367 spots, lifting the market cume to $13.7 million. Its Italy open scored $1.25 million at 267 situations.

Twentieth Century Fox is distributing the film in 35 markets (earning $28.5 million from 6,314 spots) while the film‘s co-producer, Luc Besson‘s Europa Corp, is handling the rest of the world.

Frankenweenie, director-co-producer-co-scripter Tim Burton‘s comedy animation with horror overtones, that grossed $22 million over two frames in the U.S. and Canada, opened offshore in nine markets this round, collecting $4.9 million on the weekend. Early offshore cume for the Disney release stands at $5.3 million.

The weekend‘s biggest single-market smash by far was Warner Bros. Espana‘s release in Spain of Lo Impossible (The Impossible), director Juan Antonio Bayona‘s action adventure co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and a nasty Indian Ocean tsunami.

The film‘s opening round drew $13.4 million (including previews) from 638 screens, easily the market‘s No. 1 title. Warner‘s said it may be Spain‘s biggest three-day and four-day opener of all time.

Opening No. 2 in France ($2.8 million at 348 spots) was Universal‘s Ted that grossed $13.9 million on the weekend at 2,900 play dates in 44 markets.

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