On a post-Thanksgiving weekend when no movie since 2005 has opened with more than $10 million, would one of this week’s new films be able to break the box office curse?
Well, they weren’t able to crack the top spot as Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 comes in at number 1, for the third weekend in a row, with $17,4 million. Summit Entertainment’s epic conclusion has now amassed $254 million over its three weeks, but is still almost $30 million away from catching Part 1 for the title of 3rd highest grossing Twilight film – behind Eclipse and New Moon.
Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is, however, now the worldwide king for Twilight with $447 million generated overseas. Furthermore, the film now holds the number 5 spot on this year’s highest grossing films list, and could conceivably pass The Amazing Spider-Man ($262 million) next week.
Nipping right at Twilight‘s heels is Skyfall with $17 million. We already reported last week that James Bond’s 23rd adventure is also his highest grossing, and it could conceivably get to $1 billion in worldwide grosses – it is currently at $869 million – when it opens in China next year.
Coming in at number 3 with $13.509 million this weekend is Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s pseudo-biopic that focuses mostly on our 16th President’s attempt to pass the 13th Amendment and abolish slavery. The film has already recouped its $65 million budget – which presumably helped it secure top name talent like Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field – and is now up to $83 million in domestic grosses.
Rise of the Guardians follows closely behind Lincoln for the number 4 spot with $13.5 million. Though the film posted respectable numbers over the Thanksgiving weekend, they weren’t nearly as strong as most box office analysts expected.
As a result, analysts from Wall Street are calling Guardians “one of the most disappointing releases in [Dreamworks'] history.” It may not be a Shrek, Madagascar, or Kung Fu Panda, but the film has amassed $48 million in domestic grosses over two weeks. Its budget, however, is listed at $145 million. Ouch.
Rounding out the top 5 is Life of Pi with $12 million. Like Guardians, Life of Pi has a steep hill to climb if it wants to make back its production budget ($120 million). Nonetheless, the film has amassed $48 million in domestic grosses over its first two weeks of release.
Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph is this weekend’s number 6 film with $7.02 million. The film, which features an imaginative cornucopia of video game references, is up to $158 million to-date. More importantly, Ralph holds the number 13 spot on this year’s top grossers list (so far), and is nipping at the heels of Ice Age: Continental Drift for 4th highest grossing animated film of the year.
And finally, in the number 7 spot and not breaking the curse, is the first new release of the weekend, Killing Them Softly (read our review), with $7 million. Director Andrew Dominik has spun a tale, based on George V. Higgin’s novel Cogan’s Trade, that is more than just your typical gangster flick, but an “F” CinemaScore from test audiences wasn’t doing the film any favors.
The Weinstein Company, who acquired the film after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, were hoping for an opening in the double digits, but even star Brad Pitt couldn’t help the film deliver a decent opening. The good news is that the film was only made for $15 million, so making back its budget shouldn’t be too difficult.
MGM’s remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn is this weekend’s number 8 film with $6.55 million. Though the film’s domestic gross tally thus far ($31 million) is a far cry from star Chris Hemsworth’s typical box office take, it does make Red Dawn the highest grossing film for distributor Film District, right above last year’s Lockout.
Flight is this weekend’s number 9 film with $4.5 million, which brings its total to-date up to $81 million. Both director Robert Zemeckis and star Denzel Washington have seen better box office performance, but for an R-rated film that could earn a few awards show nominations, a little over $80 million isn’t bad.
This weekend’s only other new release, The Collection (read our review), rounds out the top 10 with $3.4 million. A sequel to the 2009 film The Collector, this sequel is almost seen as a spiritual successor to the SAW franchise with its intricate booby traps and masked serial killer.
The film’s director Macus Dunstan – who scripted the past few SAW films with writing partner Patrick Melton – was kind enough to join our editorial team on the Screen Rant Underground two weeks ago, so make sure to listen. In addition to sharing some insight into his work on The Collection, he also provided an update on his adaptation of the video game God of War.
Outside of the top 10: Silver Linings Playbook ($3.3 million) and Anna Karenina ($2.2 million) continue to post decent per-screen averages on less than 400 screens; Argo has crossed the $100 million mark; and Hitchcock, which expanded to 50 screens this weekend, pulled in only $406,000 ($8,120 per screen).
Source: Box Office Mojo