Box Office Results for November 9, 2012

This weekend, James Bond won a landslide victory at the North American box office with the latest 007 adventure Skyfall, which continued to break franchise records.  The 23rd film in the 50-year-old series opened to an estimated $87.8M this weekend from 3,505 theaters for a stunning $25,050 average beating out lofty industry expectations to become the biggest Bond opening ever.  Adding in Thursday’s $2.2M from an early full-day launch in 463 premium large format screens (including 320 IMAX) the four-day bow came to an eye-popping $90M.  Daniel Craig anchored for the third time, Judi Dench returned for her third decade in the series, and newcomers Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris.

The Friday-to-Sunday debut was a sturdy 30% bigger than the $67.5M opening of the last Bond picture Quantum of Solace in 2008 and a whopping 115% better than the $40.8M of 2006’s Casino Royale, which was Craig’s first turn as the secret agent.  Skyfall also blew away Pierce Brosnan’s best opening as the dashing MI6 agent – $47.1M for 2002’s Die Another Day.  These last three 007 films all opened in mid-November and finished with $160-170M domestically.

Directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Skyfall earned glowing reviews from film critics and also won over ticket buyers with an encouraging A grade from CinemaScore.  Add in the 7% jump in sales from Friday to Saturday (fellow sequel Quantum of Solace dipped 4%) and the newest Bond is set up well for the weeks ahead as positive word-of-mouth should lead to continued strength into December.  Competition from A-list action vehicles is also minimal over the next few weeks.  In fact, it’s a full month before the next two A-list action vehicles hit the big screen when New Line and MGM unleash the Middle-Earth prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, followed by Tom Cruise’s new action film Jack Reacher from Paramount and Skydance, just in time for Christmas.  Rival studios were scared away by Skyfall, which arrived as the only new wide release this weekend.

Friday kicked off with $31.7M, Saturday rose to $33.9M, and Sunday dropped an estimated 35% to $22.2M.  A fantastic $13.1M of the weekend business came from IMAX screens marking that company’s best non-summer opening ever.  Studio research showed that 60% of the audience was male and 75% was over 25.  That marked a much older and more male skew than Quantum of Solace, which was 54% male and 58% over 25.  Due in part to MGM’s bankruptcy issues over the past couple years, a very long four-year gap was created in between 007 films.  Brosnan’s first three spy films – GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough – were released just two years apart while his final one, Die Another Day, was three years after the previous installment.  Together, the four pictures grossed $1.5B worldwide making for some mighty big shoes that Daniel Craig had to fill, which he has since done absolute authority.

Domestically, Skyfall delivered the seventh biggest November opening in history and the best for anything outside of the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises.  The final Bella pic The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens next weekend in over 4,000 locations and will easily swipe the top spot.  For 2012, Skyfall was the fourth best debut of the year and was in good company behind The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hunger Games.  Based on past Bond trends, Skyfall has a very good chance of climbing past $250M by the end of its domestic run and will beat out every past Bond, Jason Bourne, and Mission: Impossible film domestically, internationally, and worldwide.

Speaking of the rest of the planet, Skyfall remained a juggernaut collecting an estimated $89M in its third weekend form international release.  That propelled the overseas cume to $428.6M and the global haul to a stunning $518.6M smashing the half-billion-dollar barrier in a mere 17 days.  Even more impressive is the fact that this massive tally includes just one weekend from North America and nothing yet from Japan, which opens on December 1 and China, which is still finalizing their plans.  To date, Craig’s trio of 007 blockbusters have grossed a combined $1.7B worldwide and counting.

On Monday, the new Bond will surpass the $432.2M of Casino Royale to set a new franchise record for international grosses.  That pic also holds the global record with $599.6M and that mark should be obliterated next weekend.  Also on Monday, Skyfall will become the second biggest blockbuster of all-time in the U.K. trailing just Avatar.  It has amassed a towering $117.5M there to date and is holding up exceptionally well with $18.2M, off just 30% in its third frame.  The global gross is on course to pass $900M and with such lucrative markets still to come, it may just become the first billion-dollar Bond.

For those not interested in Javier Bardem’s bleached blonde hair, another bad guy seized second place with the 3D animated hit Wreck-It Ralph collecting a stellar $33.1M, according to estimates in its sophomore round.  The Disney Animation hit dropped by only 33% and watched its ten-day cume soar to a terrific $93.7M.  Compared to original toons opening on the first weekend in November, Wreck-It Ralph’s second weekend drop was better than the 37% of 2010’s Megamind, but on par with the 33% of 2007’s Bee MovieWreck-It Ralph will crack the $100M mark later this week thanks in part to Monday’s school closing due to the observance of Veterans Day, and then could end up with $170M+.  Direct competition does not arrive until the Thanksgiving release of DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians.

Paramount and ImageMovers saw a respectable hold for their Denzel Washington drama Flight, which dropped 39% to an estimated $15.1M lifting the ten-day total to a solid $47.8M from under 2,100 theaters.  The R-rated pic expanded slightly in its second weekend upping its theater count by 9%, while to average fell by 44%.  A final gross near the $85M mark may result, which would be encouraging given that Washington and director Robert Zemeckis lowered their fees to make the pic at a cost of only $31M.  In its sophomore round, Flight averaged $7,377 from 2,047 sites.

Ben Affleck’s Oscar hopeful Argo dropped 34% (its biggest dip yet) to an estimated $6.7M and raised its cume to $85.7M for Warner Bros. on its way to the century club.  20th Century Fox and EuropaCorp’s kidnapping sequel Taken 2 followed with an estimated $4M, off 32%, for a total of $131.3M.

Despite the arrival of an 800-pound gorilla in Skyfall, the overall marketplace remained robust with the top five holdovers all declining by less than 40% each.  And the top four movies are all big studio offerings that have won plenty of praise from film critics so multiplexes are filled with quality product right now.

The rest of the top five films featured films in a tight range separated by just $200,000.  Columbia and Happy Madison’s comedy Here Comes the Boom has been holding up well and took in an estimated $2.55M, down just 28%, putting the sum at $39.1M.  Close behind with an estimated $2.53M was the Wachowski flop Cloud Atlas, which fell 53% giving Warner Bros., Cloud Atlas, X-Filme, and Anarchos only $22.7M to date, which won’t even cover marketing expenses.

The martial arts actioner The Man With the Iron Fists collapsed in its sophomore frame falling 68% to an estimated $2.5M and $12.7M in ten days for Universal, Strike, and Arcade.  The testosterone flick tied with the estrogen comedy Pitch Perfect, which bounced back into the top ten thanks to amazing legs.  The college comedy enjoyed the smallest decline in the top ten easing just 18% pushing the cume up to an impressive $62M for Universal and Gold Circle.  Rounding out the list with an estimated $2.35M was the hit Sony Animation toon Hotel Transylvania, which fell 47% and has banked $140.9M to date.  It is now the fifth highest-grossing film of Adam Sandler’s career, which has included 13 entries into the century club.

Steven Spielberg’s much-hyped political drama Lincoln got off to a sensational start in platform release opening to an estimated $900,000 from only 11 locations for a scorching $81,818 average.  Earning strong reviews, the PG-13 film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th U.S. president during his time after re-election as he fought with Congress to pass an amendment to abolish slavery.  Lincoln was produced by DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox and distributed by Touchstone through DreamWorks deal with Disney.  20th Century Fox is handling international distribution.  It expands nationwide this Friday into over 1,500 theaters as it tries to establish itself as a serious Oscar contender that can also play to paying audiences.  Spielberg’s subject matter is much more American this time compared to his one-two punch last holiday season when he directed The Adventures of Tintin and the World War I saga War Horse.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $159.1M, which was up 28% from last year when Relativity Media’s Immortals debuted at number one with $32M; and up 48% from 2010 when Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG’s Megamind remained on top when $29.1M.


November 9, 2012 to November 11, 2012 Top Ten



1.   Skyfall

  • $87,800,000
  • a Columbia release (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings)

2.   Wreck-It Ralph

  • $33,056,000
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

3.   Flight

  • $15,100,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and ImageMovers

4.   Argo

  • $6,745,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

5.   Taken 2

  • $4,000,000
  • a 20th Century Fox release (Fox Entertainment Group)
  • EuropaCorp

6.   Here Comes the Boom

  • $2,550,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Happy Madison Productions

7.   Cloud Atlas

  • $2,525,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Cloud Atlas Productions, X-Filme Creative Poole, and Anarchos Pictures

8.   The Man With the Iron Fists

  • $2,500,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • Strike Entertainment and Arcade Pictures

9.   Pitch Perfect

  • $2,500,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • Gold Circle Films

10. Hotel Transylvania

  • $2,350,000
  • Sony Pictures Animation (Sony Pictures Entertainment)


November 11, 2011 to November 13, 2011 Top Ten



1.   Immortals

  • $32,000,000
  • Relativity Media

2.   Jack and Jill

  • $26,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Happy Madison Productions

3.   Puss in Boots

  • $25,500,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

4.   Tower Heist

  • $13,177,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal), Imagine Entertaiment, and Relativity Media

5.   J. Edgar

  • $11,470,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Imagine Entertainment

6.   A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

  • $5,900,000
  • New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Mandate Pictures (Lions Gate Entertainment)

7.   In Time

  • $4,150,000
  • a 20th Century Fox release (Fox Entertainment Group)
  • New Regency Pictures (Regency Enterprises)

8.   Paranormal Activity 3

  • $3,625,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

9.   Footloose

  • $2,735,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Spyglass Entertainment

10. Real Steel

  • $2,000,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks SKG) and Reliance Entertainment


November 12, 2010 to November 14, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Megamind

  • $29,120,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

2.   Unstoppable

  • $22,688,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

3.   Due Date

  • $15,419,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

4.   Skyline

  • $11,692,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • Rogue (Relativity Media)

5.   Morning Glory

  • $9,203,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

6.   For Colored Girls

  • $6,517,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment) and 34th Street Films (Tyler Perry Studios)

7.   RED

  • $4,974,000
  • Summit Entertainment and DC Entertainment (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

8.   Paranormal Activity 2

  • $2,980,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

9.   Saw 3D

  • $2,862,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Twisted Pictures

10. Jackass 3D

  • $2,235,000
  • MTV Films (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

~ by Matt Whitfield on November 16, 2012.

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