Weekend Box Office: “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” Of Course

By Kirsten Anderson Uncategorized

"The Twilight Saga" again triumphs over its ugly posters.

Here’s how it looks:

1. Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Summit/Lionsgate) NEW [Runs 4,070] PG13
Friday $72.8M, Saturday $42.8M, Weekend $141.0M

2. Skyfall (Eon/MGM/Sony) Week 2 [Runs 3,505] PG13
Friday $12.3M, Saturday $17.7M, Weekend $40.0M (-55%), Cume $160.0M

3. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 2 [Runs 1,775] PG13
Friday $6.3M, Saturday $8.6M, Weekend $21.1M, Cume $22.5M

4. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney) Week 3 [Runs 3,622] PG
Friday $4.4M, Saturday $8.7M, Weekend $18.7M, Cume $121.5M

5. Flight (Paramount) Week 3 [Runs 2,612] R
Friday $2.5M, Saturday $3.9M, Weekend $8.6M, Cume $61.3M

[Numbers courtesy of Deadline]

So yes, the finale of the vampire franchise comes to a successful end. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ will beat the $138.1 million opening weekend of its predecessor, “Breaking Dawn Part 1,” but looks like it may come up just shy of the series record holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which opened with $142.8 million in 2009. We can’t rule it out completely, though, since it’s so close. We’ll have to wait until Monday afternoon to find out. Right now it’s set to move into fourth place for the best opening of the year, though that could change when heavy hitters like “The Hobbit’ open. So when do you expect to see the “Twilight” remakes start? I predict 2017.

After a great opening last weekend, “Skyfall” had a solid hold as the top non-”Twilight” option. “Lincoln” did well in a mid-range release, getting an A Cinemascore from audiences. I think that’s going to have a good Thanksgiving weekend. “Silver Linings Playbook” opened in 16 theaters and earned $485,000 for a $26,652 per screen average. Apparently that’s less than the studio expected. I think a) audiences might not have a grasp on it yet, what it’s about, and why they should see it and b) the young girls who are Jennifer Lawrence fans were busy seeing “Twilight” this weekend. That movie will expand over the next few weeks.

Interesting note–the Bollywood romance “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” opened in ninth place. How often do you see an Indian movie crack the US/North American top ten? Not often at all. Very impressive.

Next week! We have more big names: “Life of Pi,” which is based on a popular book and has gotten a lot of buzz; “Rise of the Guardians,” the children’s movie that also has had a lot of positive word around it; and “Red Dawn,” the longtime coming remake of the ’80s movie that could be trashy fun for those who are weary of high class awards contenders. We’ll see how it goes…

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