Sunday, November 25, 2012

Breaking Dawn 2, Skyfall & Lincoln Take Thanksgiving Weekend From Newcomers

In somewhat of a surprise, holdovers The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 ($43.1 million), Skyfall ($36 million) and Lincoln ($25 million), all managed to score higher than newcomers Rise of the Guardians ($24 million), Life of Pi ($22 million) and Red Dawn ($14.6 million).

Rise of the Guardians' fourth place finish underwhelmed many analysts predictions as most expected in the $40 million plus range.  The reported $145 million animated flick now needs some strong legs and an overseas market to manage a profit.

As for Life of Pi, it did better than expected (probably a result of positive word of mouth), as most thought it didn't really have an audience in North America.  Still, it has some ways to go to recoup its $120 million budget.

Despite Breaking Dawn Part 2's 70% drop from last weekend, it is still tracking slightly ahead of Breaking Dawn Part 1 (which went on to make $281.3 million domestically). And could possibly eclipse Eclipse's $300.5 million take (which is the highest in the Twilight Saga).

Skyfall is now the highest grossing James Bond movie ever, both domestically and overseas.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Breaking Dawn Part 2
2) Skyfall
3) Lincoln
4) Rise of the Guardians
5) Life of Pi
6) Wreck-It Ralph
7) Red Dawn
8) Flight
9) Silver Linings Playbook
10) Argo
$43.1 million
$36 million
$25 million
$24 million
$22 million
$16.8 million
$14.6 million
$8.6 million
$4.6 million
$3.9 million
$227 million
$221.7 million
$62.2 million
$32.6 million
$30.2 million
$149.5 million
$22 million
$74.9 million
$6.5 million
$98.1 million
$120 million
$200 million
$65 million
$145 million
$120 million
$165 million
$65 million
$31 million
$21 million
$44.5 million

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