Weekend Box Office: “Skyfall” Delivers

By Kirsten Anderson Movie News

Here’s how it looks:

Bond bails out the worldwide box office.

1. Skyfall (Eon/MGM/Sony) NEW [Runs 3,505] PG13
Friday $30.8M, Saturday $33.8M, Weekend $87.0M

2. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney) Week 2 [Runs 3,752] PG
Friday $7.8M, Saturday $14.7M, Weekend $33.0M (-32%), Cume $93.6M

3. Flight (Paramount) Week 2 [Runs 2,047] R
Friday $4.2M, Saturday $6.4M, Weekend $14.2M (-43%), Cume $46.9M

4. Argo (Warner Bros) Week 5 [Runs 2,763] R
Friday $1.8M, Saturday $3.0M, Weekend $6.3M, Cume $85.3M

5. Taken 2 (Fox) Week 6 [Runs 2,487] PG13
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.8M, Weekend $4.0M, Cume $131.2M

So yes, it looks like American audiences are just as into the newest Bond film as our overseas friends. This is easily the biggest Bond opening here, blowing away “A Quantum of Solace’s” $67.5 million. Plus “Skyfall” got an A CinemaScore from audiences, so the word of mouth was not only a big help this week, but also next week, something which I’m sure didn’t happen with “Quantum,” otherwise known as “the Bond film no one liked.” There’s a possibility that the movie could cross the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office by the end of  this weekend.

There weren’t any other new wide releases this week, so the rest of the top five is filled with holdovers, which performed well despite the “Skyfall” storm.”Wreck-It Ralph” and “Flight” had respectively 32% and 43% drops, which is pretty good; it’s not uncommon to see movies drop more than 55% in their second week. And as expected, “Argo” continues to hold steady.

I should mention “Lincoln,” which opened in limited release this weekend before its nationwide rollout next week. To say it was a success would be like saying Lincoln had a soul patch. Right now they’re projecting about $900,000 from 11 theaters, for an incredible $78,000 per screen.

Which brings us to next week: “Lincoln” will indeed open in 1500 theaters, so will it be as successful at the cineplex as it was amongs the “have to see the Oscar contenders first” crowd? Well, we know one group that it won’t attract, and those are the “Twilight” fans who are going to pack 4,000 theaters to see “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” That’s going to run away with the weekend, and we’ll see how “Lincoln” does with the leftovers. And following the Lincoln plan, “Silver Linings Playbook,” another Oscar contender, will open in fifteen theaters. We’ll see how it goes as the awards season begins to heat up…

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