10/14/2012 02:09 pm ET Updated Dec 14, 2012

'Argo' Beaten At Box Office By 'Taken 2,' Comes In At No. 2 With $20.1 Million

Ben Affleck's "Argo" had an impressive opening weekend at the box office, but it wasn't enough to oust last week's box office winner "Taken 2."

"Argo," the Affleck awards vehicle and highly acclaimed political thriller following the true story of six Americans hiding out in the Canadian Embassy during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, overperformed at the box office grossing $20.1 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Audiences gave "Argo" an A+, leading to plenty of word of mouth moviegoers and increased box office numbers on Saturday.

"Taken 2" just barely held on to its No. 1 spot, bringing in $22.5 million at the box office in its second weekend. The Liam Neeson sequel was expected to best "Argo" and has now earned $86.8 million domestically.

"Sinister," a horror movie starring Ethan Hawke, whose character finds a box of gruesome home movies, putting his family in danger, also overperformed, despite average reviews. The film brought in $18.3 million, landing in third place at the box office, E! reports.

"Hotel Transylvania" also managed stay on top in its third weekend, bringing in $17.3 million and crossing the $100 million mark, according to The Wrap. The animated Halloween-themed film -- with the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez -- beat out "Here Comes The Boom," Sony's new comedy starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek. It grossed $12 million, coming in No. 5 at the box office, according to THR.

"Seven Psychopaths," starring Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell, underperformed a bit in its first weekend, bringing in $4.3 million to place at No. 9 at the box office.

Head over to The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap for more box office information.

For this weekend's box office breakdown, click here.

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