Box Office Results for November 30, 2012


This weekend, the annual post-turkey blues kicked in as spending at the North American box office dropped by half compared to the record Thanksgiving frame with the top movies still in command.  The only major new offering was Brad Pitt’s mob pic Killing Them Softly.

breakingdawnpt1Breaking Dawn Part 2

For the third weekend in a row, Summit’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 ruled the box office.  The final chapter of the vampire soap opera took in an estimated $17.4M representing a drop of 60%.  That was exactly the same fall that the last installment suffered this very weekend a year ago.  With $254.6M to date, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is running 3% ahead of Breaking Dawn Part 1.  Overseas, it grossed $48.4M this weekend boosting the international total to $447.8M and the worldwide haul to $702.4M.


Moviegoers kept coming out for James Bond as Skyfall grossed an estimated $17M in its fourth weekend declining by 52%.  Columbia and MGM have amassed $246M from North America to date.  Once again in third place was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln with an estimated $13.5M as it continues to cash in on Oscar buzz.  Off 47%, the Touchstone release for DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and Reliance has collected $83.7M to date, an impressive figure for a historical drama.  It will join the century club soon.


Following its disappointing opening, the Paramount and DreamWorks Animation pic Rise of the Guardians dropped by an encouraging 43% in its second weekend to an estimated $13.5M boosting the 12-day cume to $48.9M.  Kidpics often fall by 60% or so coming off of the turkey frame while Christmas movies hold up much better.  Given Rise of the Guardians’ semi-holiday theme, the decline was quite respectable.  But the toon still hopes to show better legs in the weeks ahead in order to reach the heights of most recent 3D animated offerings from DreamWorks Animation.


Ang Lee’s 3D adventure Life of Pi held up well dropping 47% to an estimated 12M giving Fox 2000 $48.4M after 12 days.  Tumbling 58% from the holiday, Disney Animation’s hit toon Wreck-It Ralph followed with an estimated $7M.  The video game flick has grossed a sturdy $158.3M thus far.


Brad Pitt anchored his worst debut in nearly two decades with the gangster pic Killing Them Softly, which was dead on arrival in sixth place grossing just $7M, according to estimates.  Looking at the popular actor’s past live-action films that opened nationwide on the first weekend, it was his worst debut since 1994.  If that weren’t bad enough, Killing Them Softly got slaughtered by audiences polled by CinemaScore who gave The Weinstein Co. and Inferno release a pathetic F grade.  Averaging just $2,888 from 2,424 theaters, Killing Them Softly received fairly good reviews from critics but paying moviegoers were utterly disappointed.


The remake Red Dawn followed with an estimated $6.6M, off 54%, putting the FilmDistrict and United Artists film at $31.3M.  Denzel Washington’s popular drama Flight collected another $4.5M, according to estimates, and has taken in $81.5M for Paramount and ImageMovers thus far.


The horror pic The Collection bowed in the number ten spot with an estimated $3.4M from 1,403 locations for a weak $2,430 average for LD.


Below the top ten, Oscar hopefuls expanded their releases aiming for wider audiences and kudos cred.  The period piece Anna Karenina widened from 66 to 384 locations in its third weekend and grossed an estimated $2.2M for a decent $5,807 average.  The Working Title film has made $4.1M.  Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock went from 17 to 50 locations and grossed an estimated $406,000.  Averaging a sturdy $8,120, the Anthony HopkinsHelen Mirren drama upped its sum to $784,000.


The Indian crime drama Talaash scored a strong opening in limited release with an estimated $2M from 172 locations for a promising $11,529 average for Reliance.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $101.9M; which was up 45% from last year when Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 held steady at number one with $16.5M; and up 36% from 2010 when Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled took over the top spot with $21.6M.


November 30, 2012 to December 2, 2012 Top Ten

Breaking Dawn Part 2   Skyfall   Lincoln   Rise of the Guardians   Life of Pi

Wreck-It Ralph   Killing Them Softly   Red Dawn   Flight   The Collection

1.   The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

2.   Skyfall

3.   Lincoln

4.   Rise of the Guardians

5.   Life of Pi

  • $12,000,000
  • Fox 2000 Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group)

6.   Wreck-It Ralph

  • $7,020,000
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

7.   Killing Them Softly

  • $7,000,000
  • The Weinstein Company and Inferno Entertainment

8.   Red Dawn

  • $6,550,000
  • a FilmDistrict release
  • United Artists (MGM Holdings)

9.   Flight

  • $4,540,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and ImageMovers

10. The Collection

  • $3,409,000
  • LD Entertainment


December 2, 2011 to December 4, 2011 Top Ten

Breaking Dawn Part 1   The Muppets   Hugo   Arthur Christmas   Happy Feet 2 IMAX 3D

Jack and Jill   The Descendants   Immortals   Tower Heist   Puss in Boots

1.   The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

  • $16,900,000
  • Summit Entertainment

2.   The Muppets

3.   Hugo

  • $7,625,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • GK Films

4.   Arthur Christmas

5.   Happy Feet Two

6.   Jack and Jill

7.   The Descendants

  • $5,200,000
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group)

8.   Immortals

9.   Tower Heist

10. Puss in Boots

  • $3,100,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)


December 3, 2010 to December 5, 2010 Top Ten

Tangled   Harry Potter 7   Burlesque   Unstoppable   Love & Other Drugs

Megamind   Due Date   Faster   The Warrior's Way   The Next Three Days

1.   Tangled

  • $21,609,000
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

2.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

  • $17,018,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

3.   Burlesque

4.   Unstoppable

  • $5,970,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

5.   Love & Other Drugs

6.   Megamind

  • $4,937,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

7.   Due Date

  • $4,133,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

8.   Faster

9.   The Warrior’s Way

10. The Next Three Days

  • $2,571,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

~ by Matt Whitfield on December 5, 2012.

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