Weekend Box Office: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2′ Debuts At #1

By Buck Casteel   /   Published 11/19/12

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As expected, the fifth and final installment of the Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, took the top spot in the box office this weekend.

It took in $141.3 million this weekend, making it the eighth-largest domestic opening of all time. However, it failed to beat the record opening weekend of the franchise for The Twilight Saga:New Moon, which earned #142.8 million.

The large domestic opening helped push Lionsgate to a new milestone, crossing the $1 billion mark in North American earnings for the year. The film begins after the birth of Renesmee, where the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

In at #2 from #1 last week is Sony's Skyfall, earning $41.5 million. This week's second-place finish helped the film become the best-performing Bond film of all-time, earning a cumulative world wide gross of $669.2 million. The previous best of the franchise was set by Casino Royale in 2006, generating $599.2 million.

Moving up from its debut at #15 last week to #3 is Lincoln. Strong word-of-moth and reviews helped the opening of the film in wide release earn $21 million, far exceeding it's $1.4 million first week. In the film Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the president as the Civil War continues to rage and his struggle with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Falling from the #2 position to #4 is Wreck-It-Ralph, earning $18.3 million in its third week of release. The film, about a video game villain who wants to earn the respect of his peers, is voiced by John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch.

Rounding out the top 5 this week is Flight, staring Denzel Washington, with $ 8.6 million. This brings its cumulative domestic total to $61.3 million.

Outside of the top 5 we have the debut of Silver Linings Playbook at #16, bringing in $458,430. In the film Pat Solatano, played by Bradley Cooper, finds himself living back with his parents after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Robert Deniro, Chris Tucker, and Julia stiles also joins the cast.

Debuting #18 is Anna Kareniana with $315,439. The film was adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. The cast includes Keira Knightly, Jude Law, and Matthew MacFadyen.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the releases of the 3D adventure film the Life of Pi, the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn, and the animated film Rise of the Guardians.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $141.3 million,
2. "Skyfall," $41.5 million,
3. "Lincoln," $21 million.
4. "Wreck-It Ralph," $18.3 million.
5. "Flight," $8.6 million.
6. "Argo," $4.1 million.
7. "Taken 2," $2.1 million.
8. "Pitch Perfect," $1.3 million.
9. "Here Comes the Boom," $1.2 million.
10 (tie). "Cloud Atlas," $900,000.
10 (tie). "Hotel Transylvania," $900,000.
10 (tie). "The Sessions," $900,000.

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  • mfbjb23@prodigy.net

    Hey, Bucko: In your paragraph on "Silver Linings Playbook," why didn't you mention that Jennifer Lawrence--you know, the star of "The Hunger Games" (maybe you've heard of it)--is also a principal player in the film? Inquiring minds would like to know.