Critics don't like "Taken 2," but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans than the original movie was.
"Taken 2" led the box office with $50 million domestically over its opening weekend, The Associated Press reports. That's double the haul for Neeson's "Taken," which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in 2009.
"Taken" went on to become a $145 million smash for Neeson, the Academy Award-nominated star of "Schindler's List" who has become an unlikely action hero in his 50s.
In "Taken 2," Neeson returns as a retired CIA agent using his expert espionage and killing skills to take on a gang of thugs out for revenge against him and his family.