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The third and purportedly final installation in the Taken franchise hit theaters this weekend. On the one hand it's probably a good thing that it's the last movie. At the rate the franchise is going with critics, a fourth movie would somehow end up with a negative Rotten Tomatoes score. On the other hand, it was a hit with audiences, proving the franchise still has some box office draw.

Taken 3 debuted at number one with $40 million. That's down from Taken 2's $49 million, but still strong compared to the original's $21 million opening. As well, it definitely looks good against the movie's relatively modest $48 million production budget. That $40 million opening marks the second highest ever opening in the month of January, just behind Ride Along's $41 million start last year.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies fell sharply, dropping over 55% from last weekend to fourth place. At this rate it is starting to fall behind The Desolation of Smaug which may leave it as the lowest domestic grossing film of the franchise.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 slipped into tenth place on its eighth weekend in release, but not before coming within just a few million of replacing Guardians of the Galaxy as the domestic grossing champ of 2014. If it manages that, it will mark the first time that a franchise has taken back to back years as highest grossing film (Catching Fire was the highest grosser in 2013).

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Taken 3 * $40,400,000 Total: $40,400,000 LW: N
THTRS: 3,594
Selma $11,200,000 Total: $13,487,000 LW: 24
THTRS: 2,179
Into the Woods $9,750,000 Total: $105,272,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 2,833
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $9,435,000 Total: $236,517,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 3,402
Unbroken $8,368,000 Total: $101,602,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 3,301
The Imitation Game $7,624,000 Total: $40,840,000 LW: 7
THTRS: 1,566
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $6,700,000 Total: $99,523,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 3,371
Annie (2014) $4,919,000 Total: $79,437,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 2,856
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death $4,825,000 Total: $22,334,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 2,602
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $3,750,000 Total: $329,525,000 LW: 8
THTRS: 2,063