LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Kidnapping thriller "Taken 2"easily won the weekend box office race with $50 million inticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend,studio estimates released on Sunday showed.
The sequel starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA agent whogets captured in Istanbul pushed last weekend's winner, familyflick "Hotel Transylvania," to second place. The movie about ahotel run by Dracula earned $26.3 million.
"Pitch Perfect," a comedy about a girls singing group,landed in third place with $14.7 million. The movie expandednationwide after an impressive opening a week ago in a smallnumber of theaters.
"Taken 2" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of NewsCorp . Sony Corp's movie studio distributed"Hotel Transylvania." "Pitch Perfect" was distributed byUniversal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp .
(Reporting By Lisa Richwine; Editing by Vicki Allen)
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