Fully living up to its reputation as a "dumping ground" weekend for movies, the post-US Thanksgiving fallout hit hard after a record-breaking tilt last week. Spots one to six in the Top 10 remained identical from last week, as newcomers Killing Them Softly and The Collection failed to cause much of a stink.
This is the second straight year that Twilight has "three-peated" as box office champ the weekend after Thanksgiving. Dear readers, we’re approaching a cold uncertain world in 2013 with a Twilight-less November.
Top 10 (weekend US estimates via Box Office Mojo)
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - $17,410,000
2. Skyfall - $17,000,000
3. Lincoln - $13,509,000
4. Rise of the Guardians - $13,500,000
5. Life of Pi - $12,000,000
6. Wreck-It Ralph - $7,020,000
7. Killing Them Softly - $7,000,000
8. Red Dawn - $6,550,000
9. Flight - $4,540,000
10. The Collection - $3,409,000
What We Learned
Brad Pitty the fool who saw Killing Them Softly
Brad Pitt's latest opened to only $7 million on over 2,000 screens, proving once and for all that starring in weird and confusing Chanel ads does not translate into box office gold. This is one of the worst opening weekends ever for the Pittster, evoking shades of the last Pitt-Andrew Dominic collaboration, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert You Have Probably Stopped Reading This Insanely Long Title Ford, which also took it to Bomb City.
Reviews were mixed, with some seeming to have probs with moving the original novel setting to 2008 in the heart of the Obama/McCain election. CinemaScore gave the movie an F (which I'm going to assume does not mean fun), but Spacecast's Jonathan Doyle saw it and dug it, so this is probably another case of the general public being completely wrong about something.
Spielberg is back, baby
Lincoln continues to four score at the box office with $13.5 million and another Top 3 finish. Since we're going to agree that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull never happened, we have to go back to 2005's War of the Worlds to find a Spielberg flick that made more than $80 Million. His last two movies (The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse) never crossed the $80 million threshold, and were also hurt by the fact that "almost" watching them on Netflix generates no revenue.
The Collection is a sequel?
Opening in tenth place, The Collection earned a respectable $3.4 million, putting it in the same ball park as 2009's The Collector. What does this mean for the Collector saga and future movies in the Collecting, Collect Call, or Collectifornication series?
Opening This Weekend
Playing for Keeps - A former sports star who's fallen on hard times is played by a former movie star who's fallen on hard times.
Hyde Park on Hudson - Bill Murray tramps around NYC as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I’m going to assume there’s a story in there somewhere.