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Ethan Hawke appers in a stil from the 2012 film, Sinister. - Provided courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Ethan Hawke's 'Sinister' rules Friday box office with $7.5 million

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10/13/2012 by Olivia Allin

Ethan Hawke's horror flick "Sinister" surprised everyone, coming in first on Friday's box office.

The Summit Entertainment film earned $7.45 million after opening on October 12, knocking "Taken 2" out of its top spot. The film stars Hawke as a crime writer who discovers an ancient demon that uses old family films to cross over, murder families, and pull kids to the other side.

The film was written and directed by Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and produced for less than $3 million. "Sinister," which opened just in time for Halloween, is expected to earn around $17.5 million over the weekend.

Liam Neeson's "Taken 2" is expected to pull forward to win the weekend box office, after earning another $7 million in its second week, for a total of $71.3 million. The movie sees Neeson reprising his role as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, whose daughter has been kidnapped. The sequel also stars returning actresses Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

Neeson told OTRC.com that he was reluctant to do the sequel at all, joking, "I didn't see where it could possibly go. What? My daughter gets taken again? That's like really bad parenting."

"Argo" also performed well on Friday, earning $5.9 million in the box office. The film, which was written and directed by Ben Affleck, is based on the true story of six American hostages who, during the Iran hostage crisis, managed to escape to safety by posing as filmmakers pretending to be making a movie.

"Hotel Transylvania," continued to perform well, earning another $4.2 million on Friday, for a total of $89 million.

"Hotel Transylvania" is about Dracula's (Sandler) "five-stake" holiday resort for monsters, which he built to shield his daughter Mavis (Gomez) from humans. But when a fearless human (Samberg) arrives at the resort, Mavis falls for him.

This week's other new release, Kevin James' "Here Comes the Boom," earned $3.6 million in its first Friday. The movie stars James as a slacker biology teacher who moonlights as an MMA fighter, raising money to save the school's music program and its music teacher, played by Henry Winkler. The movie also stars Salma Hayek.

"Seven Psychopaths" also had a mediocre performance on Friday, earning $1.36 million. The film follows a young screenwriter who becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld when his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's Shih Tzu.

Watch the trailers for "Sinister," "Argo," "Here Comes the Boom" and "Seven Psychopaths" below.

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