Weekend box office: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens huge while Lincoln does well

Weekend box office: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Foy in Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

It’s not often that a movie opens up to around $135 million and people say they’re disappointed, but that’s exactly what’s going on today after THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 wasn’t able to beat Part 1 at the weekend box office.  To put it in perspective, Part 1 finished the weekend with around $138.5 million, but even it wasn’t able to beat THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, which opened with $142.8 million.  No matter how you slice it, the film was still huge and most critics are saying this was the best of the Twilight films, which might help it in future weeks (click the link to read our THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 movie review).  The other new movie of the weekend, LINCOLN, managed to do okay for a historical drama, bringing in about $20 million.  But a film like that won’t find all of its success at the box office; it will need some awards love to pick up attendance during Oscar season.  Last week’s number one film, SKYFALL, finished pretty strong this week as well, hauling in another $40 million.

We’ll get a couple more Oscar-chasing films on Thanksgiving as THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, LIFE OF PI, HITCHCOCK and RUST AND BONE all come out, as well as the highly praised children’s film RISE OF THE GUARDIANS.  Guardians should do well since it’s a kids movie, but I’m guessing Twilight will take next weekend as well.  Although I’m betting THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is going to be one to watch during awards season and I’m sure it will do well.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

UPDATE: Turns out, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 is going to finish the weekend with around $141.3 million, which is good enough to beat Part 1, but still short of New Moon.  Overall, it was a crowded weekend at theaters.

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 $141.3m

2. Skyfall $41.5m

3. Lincoln $21m

4. Wreck-It Ralph $18.3m

5. Flight $8.6m

6. Argo $4m

7. Taken 2 $2.1m

8. Pitch Perfect $1.2m

9. Here Comes the Boom $1.2m

10. Cloud Atlas $900k


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