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Weekend Box Office: November 16-18, 2012

Nov. 18, 2012by:

Breaking Dawn... and the bank!

While you may be emotionally shattered (or perhaps not?) that the TWILIGHT movie franchise has come to a close, the sparkle-vamp series went out in a big way -- THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 ended the epic story of teen angst and monsterly love with a $141.3 million opening weekend.

BREAKING DAWN PART 2 narrowly edged past the first weekend of BREAKING DAWN PART 1, which opened last year (on this same weekend before Thanksgiving) with $138.1 million. But NEW MOON still holds the TWILIGHT opening record with $142.8 million back in 2009.

The final big blockbuster bloodsucker throwdown also collected nearly $200 million in additional cash from international crowds. Before it disappears completely (until the inevitable spinoff or reboot, naturally), the entire TWILIGHT series will have made more than $3 billion for a worldwide haul, and on a total reported production budget less than $400 million for the five movies. Talk about return on investment...

Facing the pasty cast of curiously coiffed immortals, SKYFALL took a skydive of 53% from its opening, grabbing $41.5 million in its second weekend. With $161.3 million so far, 007's latest assignment is already sneaking up on the domestic totals of the previous biggest Bonds (CASINO ROYALE - $167.4M; QUANTUM OF SOLACE - $168.3M) and has reached a stratospheric $669.2 million for a global total.

Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN expanded from 11 screens to 1775, and placed third with $21 million. Considering the glowing reviews and award buzz for bearded Daniel Day-Lewis, the tall man's tale should be gathering attention for several weeks.

Disney's WRECK-IT RALPH is still punching pixels in fourth with $18.3 million, Denzel is still drawing some crowds with his drama FLIGHT in fifth with $8.6 million, and Affleck's ARGO still has some go, but things take a steep drop after that.

And as THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and CLOUD ATLAS leave the list, recent Bollywood production JAB TAK HAI JAAN has generated enough American interest to crack the Top 10, an uncommon feat for Bollywood films. David O. Russell's SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK also opened in just 16 locations and collected nearly $500k for the best non-vampire per-screen average of the weekend.

Opening on Wednesday this week is the seemingly superfluous remake of 80s classic RED DAWN, Ang Lee's adaptation of seafaring boy and tiger in LIFE OF PI, and Dreamworks' CG-animated adventure pitting Santa (and company) against evil in RISE OF THE GUARDIANS. Friday sees the release of more award-friendly fare like Anthony Hopkins as masterpiece-maker HITCHCOCK, the Marion Cotillard tearjerker RUST AND BONE, and the expansion of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2) $141.3 M
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2. Skyfall $41.5 M $161.3 M
3. Lincoln $21 M $22.4 M
4. Wreck-It Ralph $18.3 M $121.4 M
5. Flight $8.6 M $61.3 M
6. Argo $4 M $92 M
7. Taken 2 $2.1 M $134.6 M
8. Pitch Perfect $1.2 M $62 M
9. Here Comes the Boom $1.2 M $41 M
10. Jab Tak Hai Jaan $1.2 M
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8:05PM on 11/19/2012
Dammit! Where did that picture of Kristen's ass that I clicked on go?

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Dammit! Where did that picture of Kristen's ass that I clicked on go?

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8:04PM on 11/19/2012
Dammit! Where did that picture of Kristen's ass that I clicked on go?

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Dammit! Where did that picture of Kristen's ass that I clicked on go?

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3:06PM on 11/19/2012

Jab tak hai jaan

Yash Chopra the director of Jab tak hai jaan has passed away,
that would probably explain it.
Yash Chopra the director of Jab tak hai jaan has passed away,
that would probably explain it.
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2:45PM on 11/19/2012
Nicely done, Mr Bond.
And, despite historical events to the contrary, Lincoln is doing well at the theatre!
Nicely done, Mr Bond.
And, despite historical events to the contrary, Lincoln is doing well at the theatre!
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11:44AM on 11/19/2012
Did anyone think Twilight wasn't going to draw huge. Let's talk about how Skyfall still pulled in 40 million here and is destroying internationally. I want to see it get 250 million.
Did anyone think Twilight wasn't going to draw huge. Let's talk about how Skyfall still pulled in 40 million here and is destroying internationally. I want to see it get 250 million.
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6:22AM on 11/19/2012

The nightmare continues?

Yes, we moviefans can be thankful this Thanksgiving week that the Twilight saga is finally over. This aesthetic insult has finally a stake through its heart. BUT, can't we movielovers see? This muthafucka made sparkling shitloads of coin for Hollywood. The Business is going to imitate this urban fiction approach in other films. Those future projects will not just be ruined horror projects. For example, The Amazing Spider-Man is the Twilight version of a superhero movie. Paranormal Activity is
Yes, we moviefans can be thankful this Thanksgiving week that the Twilight saga is finally over. This aesthetic insult has finally a stake through its heart. BUT, can't we movielovers see? This muthafucka made sparkling shitloads of coin for Hollywood. The Business is going to imitate this urban fiction approach in other films. Those future projects will not just be ruined horror projects. For example, The Amazing Spider-Man is the Twilight version of a superhero movie. Paranormal Activity is the Twilight version of a ghost story. Hollywood executives want those non-Schmoe dollars (and, there are more of Them than of Us); therefore, studios produce safe movies that alter beloved stories in lame ways. And, studios make sure that teenagers, whose taste is often different from our own, have characters and plot to which they identify--whether the redactions honor the mythos or not.
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5:21AM on 11/19/2012
what is this world coming to? 141.3M in a weekend for a twilight movie? talk about burning through some cash...
well, at least there is comfort in knowing that it will, like dkev said, take a BIG nose dive, and that puts warm feelings in my heart.
what is this world coming to? 141.3M in a weekend for a twilight movie? talk about burning through some cash...
well, at least there is comfort in knowing that it will, like dkev said, take a BIG nose dive, and that puts warm feelings in my heart.
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10:27PM on 11/18/2012
Who gives a shit. I'm just glad Twilight is fucking over.... let's hope they don't try to reboot this in 3 years *knocks on wood*
Who gives a shit. I'm just glad Twilight is fucking over.... let's hope they don't try to reboot this in 3 years *knocks on wood*
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8:05PM on 11/19/2012
Don't forget about the reboot.
Don't forget about the reboot.
4:48PM on 11/18/2012
Emos!!
Emos!!
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4:11PM on 11/18/2012
My guess, everyone who wanted to see Twilight saw it this weekend so it should nose dive huge next weekend.
My guess, everyone who wanted to see Twilight saw it this weekend so it should nose dive huge next weekend.
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3:39PM on 11/18/2012
I'm just happy that SKYFALL is doing so well.
I'm just happy that SKYFALL is doing so well.
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3:48PM on 11/18/2012
Double post.
Double post.
3:48PM on 11/18/2012
Same here, bruh.
Same here, bruh.
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