Liam Neeson as a vengeful former CIA agent who goes after his daughter's kidnappers in Taken was the top film of the weekend after Fox launched the EuropaCorp thriller on $24.6m.

Meanwhile Sony's highly successful Kevin James comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop slipped to second place in its third weekend on $14m for $83.4m, one place ahead of DreamWorks-Paramount's The Uninvited.

The remake of Kim Ji-woon's South Korea horror A Tale Of Two Sisters stars Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning and Arielle Kebbel and grossed $10.5m.

Warner Bros' drama Gran Torino ranks fifth on $110.5m after eight weeks in release and overtook In The Line Of Fire's $102m to become the biggest grossing Clint Eastwood release in North America.

Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire, which earned Danny Boyle the DGA prize this weekend, fell once place to sixth and has amassed $67.2m after 12.

The Renee Zellweger comedy New In Town opened in eighth place through Lionsgate on $6.8m.

Next weekend's wide releases include Focus Features' animated tale Coraline; Summit Entertainment's sci-fi action title Push with Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning; Sony's comedy sequel The Pink Panther 2 starring Steve Martin; and Warner Bros' ensemble romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You.

Estimated Top 10 North America Jan 30-Feb 1, 2009
Film (Dist)/Int'l dist/Est wkd gross/Est total to date

1 (-) Taken (Fox) EuropaCorp $24.6m -
2 (1) Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Sony) SPRI $14m $83.4m
3 (-) The Uninvited (DreamWorks-Paramount) Various $10.5m -
4 (4) Hotel For Dogs (DreamWorks-Paramount) PPI $8.7m $48.2m
5 (3) Gran Torino (Warner Bros) WBPI/Village Roadshow $8.6m $110.5m
6 (5) Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) Pathe Int'l $7.7m $7.7m $67.2m
7 (2) Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (Sony) SPRI $7.2m $32.8m
8 (-) New In Town (Lionsgate) Mandate Int'l $6.8m -
9 (6) My Bloody Valentine 3-D (Lionsgate) Mandate Int'l $4.2m $44.6m
10 (7) Inkheart (Warner Bros) NLI $3.7m $12.8m