The Fox action thriller, about an ex spy who travels to France to rescue his kidnapped daughter, ends Paul Blart: Mall Cop's two-week reign at the head of the chart.
Mall Cop slips to number two, while last week's runner-up, Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, plummets five places with a 65% drop in ticket sales.
Elsewhere, the chart sees new entries from horror remake The Uninvited at three and a disappointing opening for Renée Zellweger rom-com New In Town in eighth place.
The US box office top ten:
1. (-) Taken - $24,625,000
2. (1) Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $14,000,000
3. (-) The Uninvited - $10,512,000
4. (4) Hotel For Dogs - $8,706,000
5. (3) Gran Torino - $8,600,000
6. (5) Slumdog Millionaire - $7,680,000
7. (2) Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans - $7,200,000
8. (-) New In Town - $6,750,000
9. (6) My Bloody Valentine 3D - $4,260,000
10. (7) Inkheart - $3,700,000