Weekend Box Office: The Return of “Skyfall”

By Kirsten Anderson Box Office

007 defeats box office malaise.

Here’s how the numbers look:

1. Skyfall (Eon/MGM/Sony) Week 5 [Runs 3,401] PG13
Friday $3.1M, Weekend $11.0M, Cume $261.6M

2. Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Summit/Lionsgate) Week 4 [Runs 3,646] PG13
Friday $2.7M, Weekend $8.7M, Cume $268.3M

3. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 5 [Runs 2,014] PG13
Friday $2.5M, Weekend $8.4M, Cume $96.7M

4. Rise Of The Guardian (DWAnim/Par) Week 3 [Runs 3,639] PG
Friday $2.2M, Weekend $10.6M, Cume $61.2M

5. Life Of Pi (Fox) Week 3 [Runs 2,946] PG
Friday $2.2M, Weekend $8.2M, Cume $60.8M

It’s certainly no surprise that it was a holdover that landed in the number one spot rather than a new movie this week. I think most people would say it was a surprise which holdover came out on top, though–not that “Skyfall” isn’t a deserving movie, it’s just that I thought that the Twi-hards were going to carry “Breaking Dawn Part 2″ for another week. But the juggernaut that is “Skyfall,” one of the most successful British movies of all time, has pushed it ahead for one more week at number one. Good for you, Mr. Bond.

Again, you’ll notice a lack of new movies in the top five. There was one wide release of a new movie–”Playing for Keeps,” the Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel romantic comedy that interested just about no one. It came in at number six with $6 million and I think they should consider themselves lucky that it earned that much. First of all, it seems like a really boring movie; second, it’s more of a spring movie; third, it seems like a really boring movie. Rather than do this incredibly uninteresting story about a soccer player trying to win his ex-wife back, they should have just done a “Shampoo” like movie about a sexy kids’ soccer coach who’s dividing up playing time with every mom in the neighborhood.

So that’s enough of this week, let’s move on. Next week? A little movie called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Okay, the reviews haven’t been great so far (in summary: too frickin’ long), but that’s not going to scare off the millions of Middle Earth fans. And that’s it. No one’s dumb enough to open the same weekend.

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