After record Thanksgiving, ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ expected to lead soft box office

By Daniel S Levine,

After a record breaking Thanksgiving weekend, Hollywood is looking at a slow weekend at the box office. Brad Pitt’s latest, Killing Them Softly, is not expected to come close to topping The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 or Skyfall.

Last weekend, Breaking Dawn 2 added $43.07 million. This weekend, it should reach just under $20 million, notes The Wrap. The final Twilight film is up to $235 million.

Entertainment Weekly predicts that Skyfall has a chance to beat Breaking Dawn 2, but it will also fall just short of $20 million. The latest James Bond film has already made $800 million worldwide.

Those two films will be followed by a cluster of holdovers, including Lincoln, Rise of the Guardians and Life of Pi. Lincoln actually saw an increase last weekend and if it only experiences a small dip this weekend, it could reach $87 million domestically by Sunday. The other holdovers are expected to add around $15 million.

Pitt’s Killing Them Softly is the only major release this weekend and it is expected to make just under $10 million. Box Office Mojo notes that the post-Thanksgiving weekend has been a dead zone, since no new film has grossed over $10 million on that weekend since 2005. It doesn’t look like the gritty crime drama will have enough to break that streak.

The Collection is also opening this weekend and is the first new horror film in over a month. It’s a sequel to 2009’s The Collector, which opened to $3.6 million. It’s not expected to do much better than that.

image: The Weinstein Company

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