"Taken" Takes Box-Office Crown! 

Who knew Liam Neeson can be a box-office sweetheart?

"Taken," the actor's CIA thriller pushed "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" to No. 2 at the weekend box office, selling $24.6 million in ticket sales, landing at No. 1!

The film helped Hollywood earned its first $1 billion January, yes billion, in history!

Like what most scholars say, when the economy is tough, the movie business soars. Folks want to be entertained, and honestly, the $10 ticket price is still a cheap form of entertainment.

Meanwhile, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," the Kevin James comedy which had been No. 1 for two weeks earned $14 million lifting its 3-week total to $83 million. Not bad for a so-so flick that was made for $26 million bucks! Congrats Sony Pictures!

The two other new films which opened this weekend, "The Uninvited" and "New in Town" failed to reach the top spot. The horror flick "The Uninvited" earned $10.5 million at No. 3., while the Renee Zelwegger dramedy, "New in Town" took $6.7, placing it at No. 8.

"Slumdog Millionaire" continues to bask in its Oscar glory! The Oscar front-runner earned $7.7 million landing at No. 6.

And good, old Clint Eastwood. His "Gran Torino" has now earned more than $110 million, making it Eastwood's highest grossing film. Wow! Folks love Mister Clint, especially when he grunts and acts like an old curmudgeon with a very big heart :happy

Final figures will be released Monday, but here's the most current Hollywood estimates for the Top 10 films in box-office for weekend of January 30:

1. "Taken," $24.6 million.
2. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $14 million.
3. "The Uninvited," $10.5 million.
4. "Hotel for Dogs," $8.7 million.
5. "Gran Torino," $8.6 million.
6. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.7 million.
7. "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," $7.2 million.
8. "New in Town," $6.7 million.
9. "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," $4.3 million.
10. "Inkheart," $3.7 million.

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