Local cinema and entertainment complex, Brunswick Moviebowl, was the top performing site in Northern Ireland according to 20th Century Fox for ‘Taken 2’ the new Liam Neeson espionage thriller which took the UK & Ireland box office by storm last weekend. As 2012 openings go, TAKEN 2 ranks as the year’s fifth biggest overall and has already grossed more in the opening weekend than the entire UK run of the original TAKEN movie.
The first TAKEN came out of nowhere, surprising everybody with some fantastic action sequences and reinventing the Ballymena man as a global action star. Despite a lukewarm critical reception, Derry audiences have embraced the new TAKEN 2 movie with sold out performances on almost all shows last weekend at the Brunswick Moviebowl complex. Brunswick Moviebowl cinema manager, Eamonn Mc Laughlin said that ‘the buzz in the cinema all weekend was absolutely tremendous and not since the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ back in July has there been such hype about a movie opening’.
In TAKEN 2 Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative who decimated an Albanian slave-trading ring to rescue his kidnapped daughter. A year later, on a trip to Istanbul, Mills gets a surprise visit from his daughter, Kim, and his ex-wife, Lenore. The happy reunion turns sour when Lenore is taken by gangsters serving Murad, father of one of the fallen Albanian criminals, Marko from Tropoja. With his ex-wife held hostage and Kim on the run, Mills must once again use his lethal skills to track down his ex-wife and eliminate all who stand in his way.
While TAKEN 2 sits at the summit of the UK & Ireland box office Brunswick Movie bowl cinema manager, Eamonn Mc Laughlin believes that the movie will face tough competition from the new Bond movie, ‘Skyfall’ due for release on the 26th October followed by the final instalment of the Twilight Saga on the 16th November.
TAKEN 2 is showing all week at the Brunswick Moviebowl and tickets can be purchased by calling their box office on 02871 371999 or online at www.brunswickmoviebowl.com