Sideshow: A one-two punch from Liam Neeson

Posted: October 09, 2012

Critics don't like Taken 2, but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie. Taken 2 led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend. That's double the haul for Neeson's Taken, which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in 2009.

The previous weekend's No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, Adam Sandler's animated hit Hotel Transylvania, dropped to second place with $26.3 million.

Expanding into nationwide release after a limited debut a week earlier, Universal's music tale Pitch Perfect moved up to third place with $14.7 million. The movie stars Anna Kendrick as a college freshman spicing things up for her a cappella singing squad.

Bells on Broadway

Audra McDonald and WillSwenson have tied the knot, cementing a relationship between two of Broadway's best-looking and most-talented stars. According to a publicist for the bride, the couple married Saturday at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

McDonald is the mother of Zoe Madeline, 11, and Swenson has two sons, Bridger, 11, and Sawyer, 8.

McDonald recently won a record-tying fifth Tony Award in a revival of Porgy and Bess, and Swenson was Tick in the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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