Box-Office Results: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Opens with Franchise and 'Skyfall' is the Biggest Bond Ever

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 posterIt's a massive weekend with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 leading the way with a franchise second best opening of $141.3 million ($340.9m worldwide) as it falls just shy of New Moon's $142.8 million brought in back in 2009. After bringing in $71.2 million on Friday (which included $30.4 million from midnights) most thought it would end the weekend around $135, but it held on stronger over the weekend than expected along with an "A" CinemaScore from audiences in attendance.

On the prediction side of things, Laremy expected a bigger turnout for the final film in the franchise and his $168 million prediction was a tad high. On the reader side of things, it was "Ra" that came closest with a prediction of $140 million among predictions that ranged from $112.3 million to as high as $182 million. Turns out par for the franchise was where we all should have stayed as this franchise doesn't appear to be losing or gaining fans.

In second, Skyfall held on impressively with $41.5 million, only a 53% drop as the film is now over $161.3 million domestically and over $669.2 million worldwide making it the highest grossing James Bond film ever, before adjusting for inflation. Casino Royale topped out at $599 million back in 2006.

Third place is the huge result and Oscar boost for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which brought in a massive $21 million after its impressive limited debut last weekend. Expanding nationwide into 1,775 theaters, the film averaged $16,338 per theater, giving Oscar pundits one more reason to consider it a serious Best Picture contender.

Laremy went high on Twilight and low on Lincoln, predicting a $14.3 million weekend. Reader predictions, again, had a wide range of results as well, but AJ came closest with a $22 million prediction.

Finally, in limited release, Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Anna Karenina each opened in only 16 theaters and brought in $458,430 and $315,395 respectively, which isn't exactly impressive for either title. Silver Linings averaged $28,652 per theater and Anna Karenina $19,712, which means buzz is going to need to increase for both as they expand over the next couple of weekends to keep that Oscar hope alive, particularly for Silver Linings, which is going to need some box-office success to have any real hope of breaking through in the Best Picture category.

Next weekend sees the Wednesday release of Life of Pi, Red Dawn and Rise of the Guardians and Hitchcock arrives on Friday. Care to wager any early guesses?

The weekend top ten is directly below, though as of publishing numbers for the Bollywood film Jab Tak Hai Jaan were not yet in so it may have managed to crack the top ten. If so, I will update once those numbers arrive.

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten Estimates for November 16 - November 18, 2012

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was #1 at the box-office
  2. Skyfall () - $41.5 million ($161.3m cume)
    From 3,505 theaters ($11,840 avg.) / $200 million budget / 92%
  3. Lincoln () - $21 million ($22.4m cume)
    From 1,775 theaters ($11,831 avg.) / $65 million budget / 89%
  4. Wreck-It Ralph () - $18.3 million ($121.4m cume)
    From 3,622 theaters ($5,052 avg.) / $165 million budget / 87%
  5. Flight () - $8.6 million ($61.3m cume)
    From 2,612 theaters ($3,292 avg.) / $31 million budget / 77%
  6. Argo () - $4 million ($92m cume)
    From 2,210 theaters ($1,810 avg.) / $44.5 million budget / 96%
  7. Taken 2 () - $2.1 million ($134.6m cume)
    From 2,063 theaters ($1,018 avg.) / $45 million budget / 21%
  8. Pitch Perfect () - $1.26 million ($62m cume)
    From 1,122 theaters ($1,123 avg.) / $17 million budget / 79%
  9. Here Comes the Boom () - $1.2 million ($41m cume)
    From 1,350 theaters ($889 avg.) / 38%
  10. Cloud Atlas () - $0.9 million ($24.8m cume)
    From 920 theaters ($978 avg.) / $100 million budget / 64%
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  • Winchester

    I think I'm most impressed with Lincoln. Is that result the power of Spielberg? The Buzz? Day Lewis or the topic? Either way, very good result.

    Next weekend I figure it depends on whether we're looking at 3 day or 5 day results as i would be tempted to take either Guardians or Dawn for the win with Life of Pi being more a long term player if it works.

  • Mark

    Isn't it cheating to include Thursday night box office of BD 2 for the weekend box office? Weekend is Fri-Sun. Without those Thursday 10PM numbers BD2 made less than BD1. I remember Summit re-releasing Eclipse to get it to reach $300 Million when it fell short. Why do they get away with fudging like this when others would get called out.

    The real success story for the weekend was Lincoln's over $20 Million for release in only 1700 theaters. Just like Flights making mid-20's for release in about 1800 theaters. These well made adult oriented films are being rewarded.

    For next week I am iffy on Life of Pi. It might be too spiritual and abstract.

    • Ra

      Right summit doesnt want to release the 10 p.m. Thursday numbers.

  • athar

    Great Weekend for Twilight, Good hold for Skyfall (although i was hoping the WOM would help it fall less than 30%). Jab Tak Hai Jaan would definitely make the Top 10. Inspite of its Tuesday release, it should still have enough demand to cross $ 1.2 million with ease.

    Next weekend seems interesting. Both Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians are being praised for their Visual Flair. Life of Pi would definitely be the better of the 2. However, i doubt anyone would be foolish enough to bet against a Kids Fare. Rise of the Guardians should cross around $ 55-60 million while Life of Pi would end up at around $ 20-25 million (Both predictions for a 5 Day Weekend)

    • Aleonardis

      I would say Life of Pi is also kids fare though. And better kids fare at that. I'm thinking that it's going to have really strong legs though. Guardians is going to drop off I think. Plus, they're really pushing the 3D on it which will bring the total up. At a local theater of mine it's only playing twice in 2D while it has 8 showtimes in 3D.

  • Gautam

    Brad, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has actually managed to break-in Top 10 with $1.2M.

  • Colin

    I like that everyone is a little more relaxed about Twilight's B.O. results these days.

  • dodrade

    Why do you reckon Silver Linings Playbook needs B.O success to get a best picture nomination? The Hurt Locker and The Artist hardly set the Box Office alight and the academy didn't mind, why would they now?

    • Anodos

      Because one was a serious war drama and the other had the distinctive 'hook' of being a black-and-white silent film. Silver Linings Playbook has a much more typical Hollywood premise - I haven't seen it, but if Brad says it's great I imagine that's down to perfect execution rather than great originality. This sort of film typically needs big Box Office in order to stamp its mark on the race - The King's Speech is another example.

  • Dipanjan

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan came in eight. You need to update it.

  • Stiggy

    Given the invtably front loaded nature of Breaking Dawn part 2, I'm gonna grow a set of balls and predict Skyfall as the biggest attraction during the 3 day weekend.