Proving you cannot underestimate the commitment of the "Twilight" fan base, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2" opened to an estimated $141 million this weekend.
The final chapter in the film series adapting Stephenie Meyers' popular novels came quite close to breaking the franchise opening record set by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" which grossed $142.8 million three years ago. It does, however, top the $138.1 million "Part 1" found last year. The tally also knocks "Part 1" to No. 9 on the all time opening weekends chart as "Part 2" settles into the 8th spot. It's been a dramatic year on the all time opening weekends list with four new additions including the new champ, "The Avengers" ($207.4 million), "The Dark Knight Rises" at no. 3 ($160.8 million), "The Hunger Games at no. 5 ($152.5 million) and "Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2." It's worth noting the later two titles didn't have the benefit of inflated 3D or IMAX ticket prices contributing to their tallies.
Taking the second slot was Sony Pictures and MGM's "Skyfall" down just 52% from its own mammoth opening with another $41.5 million. The domestic total for the 23rd James Bond thriller now stands at $162 million and it should surpass current record holder "Quantum of Solace" over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. At this point, a final take in the $225 million range is not out of the question. Internationally, 007 could hit the $800 million mark.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" was impressive in third with $21 million in 1,775 theaters for $22.4 million to date. The critically acclaimed potential Oscar player surprised with a strong Friday to Saturday jump. With a reported $75 million tally (although the filmmakers say the actual production was only $30 million), "Lincoln" still has a ways to go if its going to break even. DreamWorks Studios and 20th Century Fox co-financed the film and Fox will have the responsibility of making up the difference overseas when it begins its global rollout in 2013. That's one reason landing a slew of Oscar nominations on Jan. 10 is so important for the 19th century political drama.
Right behind "Lincoln" was Disney stablemate, "Wreck-It Ralph." The CG animated comedy continues to rack up points with families as it found another $18 million for $121.5 million to date. "Ralph" faces some tough competition for the demo this week when DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" debuts. Reaching the $200 million level might not be as easy as many believed when "Ralph" began on level 1, er, opened just three weeks ago.
Another film showing strong word of mouth is Robert Zemeckis' "Flight." The Denzel Washington melodrama grossed another $8.6 million for the weekend and has made $61.3 million to date. The Paramount Pictures release could easily end up with around $90 million domestic when all is said and done.
New films debuting over the Thanksgiving frame include Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," "Red Dawn" and the aforementioned "Rise of the Guardians." "Hitchcock" and "Rust and Bone" will open in limited release on Friday. "Silver Linings Playbook" expands to 420 screens on Wednesday.
Final box office figures for the weekend are released on Monday.
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Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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