As expected The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 (read our review) is the number 1 movie this weekend with $141 million. The epic conclusion to Summit Entertainment's blockbuster franchise, which follows the forbidden love of a teenage girl and a vampire, was split into two movies, presumably in the hopes of duplicating the success of the final two Harry Potter films.
Unfortunately, unlike Potter, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 could not surpass The Twilight Saga: New Moon's opening weekend tally of $142 million. It came close, but maybe when the franchise is rebooted in a decade or so Summit/Lionsgate can set some new records.
Last weekend's top film, Skyfall comes in at number 2 with $41 million. James Bond's 23rd adventure has already been performing extremely well overseas, and it is duplicating that success here in the States. The film's domestic total to-date is now $161 million, which puts it only a few million behind Casino Royale ($167 million) and Quantum of Solace ($168 million) for the title of highest grossing Bond film. More impressive than that, though, Skyfall will have accomplished that feat during its second week of release.
The Steven Spielberg biopic Lincoln (read our review), which opened wide this weekend, is the number 3 film with $21 million. With a ton of star power both in front of and behind the camera, Lincoln was bound to find critical and commercial success, and should continue to post strong numbers as that buzz builds. However, all of that previously mentioned star power helped the film amass a budget of $65 million, which means it still has a long way to go, and will need a deep awards season run, in order to break even.
At number 4 is Disney's Wreck-It Ralph with $18 million, which brings its domestic total up to $121 million to-date. The animated film continues to inch closer to Disney Animation's highest grossing film, Tangled ($200 million), but it will have a steeper hill to climb when Rise of the Guardians releases next weekend.
Rounding out the top 5 this weekend is Flight, which stars Denzel Washington as a heroic pilot with a drinking problem, with $8 million. The film, Robert Zemeckis' first live-action feature in over a decade, is now up to $61 million to-date.
Argo comes in at number 6 this weekend with $4 million. The Ben Affleck-directed film isn't leaving the top 10 without a fight, and has amassed $92 million in domestic grosses.
Taken 2 is this weekend's number 7 film with $2.1 million. When the sequel debuted with a higher total than the first Taken it looked like it would surpass said film in lifetime grosses, but poor critical reception seemingly halted the same type of sustainability that helped the original become a breakout hit. Nonetheless, Taken 2 has been able to amass $134 million in domestic grosses.
Like last weekend it is too close to officially call spots number 8 through 10 as several films are within a few couple hundred thousand of each other.
Based on early estimates there's reasonable assumption that Pitch Perfect will come in at number 8 this weekend with $1.26 million and Here Comes the Boom will follow close behind with $1.2 million. Pitch Perfect is now at $62 million to-date and Here Comes the Boom is at $41 million.
Unfortunately the number 10 spot is even harder to call with three different films estimated at $900,000. The three films in question are Cloud Atlas ($24 million total), Hotel Transylvania ($142 million total) and The Sessions ($2 million total).
Although The Sessions (read our review) has been out in theaters for 5 weeks now, it widened its screen count to 516 this weekend as part of what we assume to be an awards season push. The film, which stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, has been receiving rave reviews from critics, and won the Audience Award (U.S.) at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Outside the top 10: Silver Linings Playbook and Anna Karenina (read our review) opened in limited release (both on 16 screens) this weekend. While both don't go into wide release until Wednesday, they each posted strong per screen averages – $28,625 for Playbook and $19,688 for Anna.
Source: Box Office Mojo