Weekend box office: Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 continue strong
When a movie that has been out for a month manages to reclaim the top spot at the weekend box office, you know it’s a slow weekend. But in what might be an unprecedented move, SKYFALL looks like it will take the top spot away from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 and RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, despite the fact that it hit theaters in November. SKYFALL was able to do this because people seem to be sick of Twilight and there were no challengers this week to the top spot. The only new movie opening up was PLAYING FOR KEEPS, which doesn’t look like it will crack the top five. I’m pretty harsh on Gerard Butler, but I’ll avoid bashing him here. But I think he’s had enough bombs in a row that studios are going to stop giving him chances. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON had a limited release, but with bad reviews and a small audience, it wasn’t able to do much.
Of course, next week belongs to THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. I know fans are incredibly excited about the Hobbit finally hitting the big screen, but early reviews are pretty harsh and I can’t help but think that fans and executives at Warner Bros. are going to be pretty disappointed, especially with the knowledge that they have another two years to live with it. I’ll also be curious to see what the fan reaction is to the 48fps, for those that see it like that. With that said, we all know it will be #1 at the weekend box office, finally dethroning SKYFALL and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Skyfall $11m
2. Rise of the Guardians $10.4m
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 $8.7m
4. Lincoln $8.4m
5. Life of Pi $8.2m
6. Playing For Keeps $6m
7. Wreck-It Ralph $4.6m
8. Red Dawn $4.1m
9. Flight $3.1m
10. Killing Them Softly $2.9m