The question was never, “Will Twilight win the weekend box office?” The question always was, “How much can Twilight earn on its way to box-office dominance?”
Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned an estimated $141.3M since opening on Thursday evening.
That’s a bit of good news/bad news for the franchise. If the number holds, it will be a larger opening that Breaking Dawn Part 1 (which opened to $138.1M back in 2011). But it will not be the highest opening number for a Twilight film. That distinction will belong to New Moon, which opened to $142.8M in 2009.
Still, it’s a fantastic opening for the final Twilight, which invited its fans to a rousing farewell party … and the fanbase turned out in droves.
James Bond’s fans also continued to check out Skyfall, the 23rdr chapter in the long-running series which marks Daniel Craig’s third stint in 007’s tuxedo.
While Sam Mendes’ feature film lost 53% of its opening-weekend audience, it still posted an estimated $41.5M. That means Skyfall, to date, has earned $161M in the States … and a whopping $669.2M worldwide.
Meanwhile, after an admirable limited opening, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln expanded to 1,775 locations over the weekend and attracted huge crowds. The Oscar hopeful banked an estimated $21M, pushing its cume to $22.4M and establishing itself as an awards player. Expect it to continue drawing crowds over Thanksgiving weekend.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, $141.3M
2. Skyfall, $41.5M, $161.3M
3. Lincoln, $21M, $22.4M
4. Wreck-It Ralph, $18.3M, $121.4M
5. Flight, $8.6M, $61.3M
6. Argo, $4M, $92M
7. Taken 2, $2.1M, $134.6M
8. Pitch Perfect, $1.2M, $59M
9. Here Comes the Boom, $1.2M, $41M
10. Cloud Atlas, $900,000, $24.8M