Ethan Hawke's 'Sinister' scares up surprise win over 'Taken 2' and 'Argo'

ethan-hawke-sinister.jpg"Sinister," the new horror flick starring Ethan Hawke, was the surprise leader at Friday's (Oct. 12) box office with $7.4 million, just edging out "Taken 2" ($7 million) in its second week. "Argo," Ben Affleck's acclaimed political thriller, debuted in third place with $5.9 million.

Yet "Taken 2," the Liam Neeson action-thriller sequel, is still predicted to win the overall weekend box office with $22.7 million, for a 10-day total of $90 million.

"Sinister," "Argo" and Sony's "Hotel Transylvania" -- Friday's fourth-place film with $4.2 million in its third week -- are all expected to be close behind, with predictions of $17-$19 million for each film.

"Here Comes the Boom," Kevin James' new comedy, opened with only $3.6 million on Friday for a No. 5 spot and isn't expected to take in more than $12 million for the weekend.

"Seven Psychopaths," the dark comedy starring Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson, grossed $1.4 million for the No. 9 spot, with "Atlas Shrugged: Part II" in 10th place with $692,000.
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