Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” has been a box office disappointment in the United States, but the third chapter in the family franchise got a big lift from China last weekend.

The big-budget sequel picked up $26.7 million after debuting in the People’s Republic, pushing it to a leading $46.2 million internationally. Globally, the film has earned $248 million, but it cost a hefty $127 million to produce. The previous films in the series, 2005’s “Night at the Museum” and 2009’s “Battle of the Smithsonian,” brought in $574.5 million and $413 million, respectively. The picture opens in South Korea next weekend.

It was a big weekend for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind the “Museum” series, which also rolled out “Taken 3.” Liam Neeson’s return to bone breaking and pistol whipping brought in $41 million from 4,730 screens in 36 markets.

Among notable openings, “Taken 3” brought in $10.9 million from the United Kingdom, $4.8 million from Australia and $1.9m from Taiwan. It debuts in many of the top international markets next weekend, including Russia and Spain. After topping charts in the U.S., “Taken 3” has a worldwide haul of $92.7 million.

Last weekend’s overseas’ champ, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” had to settle for third place this time, earning $21.8 million from 65 territories. Globally, the picture is homing in on $800 million, having brought in $781.8 million thus far. It is the second highest-grossing 2014 release on a worldwide basis, behind only “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” The Middle-earth finale opens in China on Jan. 23 — a debut that promises more riches.

Rounding out the top five were biblical epic “Exodus: Gods & Kings” and South Korean comedy-drama “Miss Granny,” both of which pulled in $15 million.