Box Office Results for November 16, 2012

This weekend, the ever-reliable Twi-hards came out like clockwork one last time for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which shot straight to number one leading a frame that saw North American multiplexes overflowing with traffic.  With the James Bond adventure Skyfall still strong in the runner-up spot, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar bait Lincoln opening nationally in third place, and some notable holdovers, the box office powered to a stunning $240M+ making it the second biggest weekend of the year trailing only the session that saw The Avengers make its record-shattering premiere.

The fifth and final installment of the popular Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 2, towered over its competitors with an opening weekend of $141.3M, according to studio estimates.  That made for a scorching $34,717 average from 4,070 locations with no boost in ticket prices from IMAX or 3D.  That marked the second biggest opening of the series behind the $142.8M of New Moon, which opened this same weekend in 2009.  It was also just a tick up from the $138.1M of Breaking Dawn Part 1 from this weekend last year showing that the fan base has been coming out consistently over the years and not eroding by any significant amount.  That’s rare for a five-part series and matches the consistent loyalty shown over the years by Harry Potter fans.

Summit’s newest Bella pic ranks as the eighth largest opening of all-time and second highest for November behind New Moon.  The party kicked off on Friday, which saw a potent $71.9M opening day including $30.4M from Thursday night shows beginning earlier than usual at 10pm.  Saturday saw the inevitable plunge with sales falling 42% to $41.8M, which was a somewhat better hold than Breaking Dawn Part 1, which suffered a 44% Friday-to-Saturday drop.  Sunday declined by 34% to $27.6M.  Breaking Dawn Part 1 also dipped 34% on its first Sunday.

Fans had been anticipating the big finale of the series but with all three November sequels opening within 3% of each other, there was no extra boost in business that can sometimes be enjoyed when a franchise presents its final chapter.  Still, the turnout was massive and The Twilight Saga can now claim three spots on the list of all-time biggest opening weekends.  The only other franchise to have multiple installments is Christopher Nolan’s Batman with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Audience breakdown showed that females were the majority making up 79% of the crowd compared to 80% for the last pic.  Those under 25 were split evenly.  Some good news came from moviegoers polled by CinemaScore as Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned a solid A grade (better than the last one’s B+).  But that should not mean too much to a franchise film like this with so much upfront demand.  New Moon and Breaking Dawn Part 1 both did 48-49% of their total domestic business on opening weekend despite having Thanksgiving fall on their sophomore frames (70% drops in each case).

Being a global pop culture phenomenon, and featuring a more international stable of vampire characters this time around, Breaking Dawn Part 2 did spectacular business abroad with an estimated $199.6M from 61 territories this weekend putting its worldwide opening at a jaw-dropping $340.9M, up from the $284M global debut of the last film.  To date, the five Twilight Saga films have grossed a remarkable $2.84B worldwide with each of the three sequels having finished right near the $700M mark.  The franchise could very well close its books with $3.3B from global box office plus countless more from home entertainment, merchandising, and other revenue streams.

Following its record opening, the latest James Bond adventure Skyfall enjoyed a good hold dropping a reasonable 53% to an estimated $41.5M boosting the domestic cume to a sensational $161.3M after ten days of wide release plus an extra day of large-format-only play.  The Columbia and MGM smash is just a few days away from surpassing the $168.4M of the last installment Quantum of Solace and the $167.4M of 2006’s Casino Royale and becoming the highest-grossing 007 film ever in North America (many past installments over the decades have sold more tickets, though).

The newest Bond film continued to rock the global box office with an estimated $49.6M from international markets this weekend lifting the overseas total to $507.9M and the worldwide haul to an eye-popping $669.2M breaking the franchise record of $599.2M set in 2006 by Casino RoyaleSkyfall is now the biggest Bond ever both internationally and globally and still has plenty of fuel in the tank with Australia, Japan, and China yet to open.  Overseas, it is now the third biggest live-action blockbuster of 2012 behind just The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises and should surpass the later over the coming weeks on its way to breaking the billion-dollar mark worldwide.  Propelled by Skyfall, Sony has now grossed over $4B globally this year – a new company high.

Audiences reacted to stellar reviews and growing Oscar talk by coming out in large numbers for Steven Spielberg’s latest film Lincoln, which expanded nationwide with an estimated $21M from 1,775 theaters for a sizzling $11,831 average per location.  The PG-13 pic starring Daniel Day-Lewis going for his third Best Actor trophy playing the 16th U.S. President played to older adults and fared quite well despite Skyfall doing so well with the same demographic.  Produced by DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and Reliance and released by Touchstone, Lincoln debuted in limited play last weekend in just 11 theaters and is now available to moviegoers in all major markets.  And with an encouraging A grade from CinemaScore, the road ahead looks promising.

Disney Animation’s hit toon Wreck-It Ralph fell by 45% in its third round to an estimated $18.3M and has boosted its 17-day sum to $121.5M with the lucrative Thanksgiving frame coming up shortly.  Family audiences will get some new choices on Wednesday with the DreamWorks Animation 3D film Rise of the Guardians launching in 3,500 theaters along with Fox 2000’s PG-rated 3D survival-at-sea adventure Life of Pi setting sail in 2,700 locations.  Also bowing wide is the remake of Red Dawn in 2,600 sites.

Male-led adult dramas followed.  Denzel Washington’s Flight dropped 42% in its third weekend to an estimated $8.6M giving the Robert Zemeckis-directed film $61.3M to date for Paramount and ImageMovers.  The studio added another 565 playdates helping the overall hold.  Flight’s per-theater average declines over its holdover weekends have been 45% and 54%.

The hostage hit Argo grossed an estimated $4.1M, down 39%, putting Warner Bros. at $92M.  The Oscar hopeful will soon surpass the $92.2M of Ben Affleck’s last directorial effort The Town, which generated plenty of Oscar buzz when it was released two years ago only to fail to land the coveted Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations.  Argo is looking to be a definite player in those races this time.  Liam Neeson’s action sequel Taken 2 tumbled 48% to an estimated $2.1M and has grossed $134.6M to date for 20th Century Fox and EuropaCorp.  It should finish its domestic run only slightly behind the $145M of is 2009 predecessor.

Universal and Gold Circle’s leggy comedy Pitch Perfect took a beating with young women sprinting towards Bella this weekend.  The college hit took in an estimated $1.3M, off 51%, for a $62M cume.  Also falling hard was the Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom with an estimated $1.2M, down 52%, for a $41M cume for Columbia and Happy Madison.  Taking up the rear was Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, which fell by 63% and took in $900,000, with $142.7M to date and $283M worldwide.

A pair of films launched in limited release hoping for prolonged runs that lead to healthy box office plus plenty of Oscar nominations.  The bigger bow came from Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, which grossed an estimated $458,000 from 16 theaters for a solid $28,652 average.  The Weinstein Co. release won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall and is seen as a possible Best Picture contender.  Reviews were sensational and the distributor goes wider on Wednesday into 300 additional theaters for the long turkey weekend aiming for sophisticated adults.

Keira Knightley’s latest costume drama Anna Karenina opened in 16 locations as well and collected an estimated $315,000 this weekend for a good $19,712 average.  Focus will be taking a slower approach to its rollout with the Working Title film and widen to 64 total theaters this Wednesday including an expansion into a dozen new markets.  Reviews have been positive but not exactly glowing.

The top ten films surged to an estimated $240.3M, which was up 13% from last year when Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 debuted at number one with $138.1M; and up 30% from 2010 when Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opened on top with $125M.

November 16, 2012 to November 18, 2012 Top Ten



1.   The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

2.   Skyfall

3.   Lincoln

4.   Wreck-It Ralph

  • $18,312,000
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

5.   Flight

6.   Argo

7.   Taken 2

  • $2,100,000
  • a 20th Century Fox release (Fox Entertainment Group)
  • EuropaCorp

8.   Pitch Perfect

  • $1,260,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • Gold Circle Films

9.   Here Comes the Boom

  • $1,200,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Happy Madison Productions

10. Hotel Transylvania

  • $900,000
  • Sony Pictures Animation (Sony Pictures Entertainment)


November 18, 2011 to November 20, 2011 Top Ten



1.   The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

  • $139,500,000
  • Summit Entertainment

2.   Happy Feet Two

  • $22,025,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

3.   Immortals

4.   Jack and Jill

  • $12,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Happy Madison Productions

5.   Puss in Boots

  • $10,725,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

6.   Tower Heist

7.   J. Edgar

  • $5,900,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Imagine Entertainment

8.   A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

9.   In Time

10. The Descendants


November 19, 2010 to November 21, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

  • $125,017,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

2.   Megamind

  • $16,013,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

3.   Unstoppable

  • $13,006,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

4.   Due Date

  • $8,912,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

5.   The Next Three Days

  • $6,543,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

6.   Morning Glory

  • $5,200,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

7.   Skyline

  • $3,561,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • Rogue (Relativity Media)

8.   RED

  • $2,483,000
  • Summit Entertainment and DC Entertainment (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

9.   For Colored Girls

10. Fair Game

~ by Matt Whitfield on November 25, 2012.

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