Final 'Twilight' wins weekend box office, 'Lincoln' opens strong with wide release

By Matt Dougherty,

Bella, Edward and Jacob bowed out this weekend with the last installment of their vampire franchise The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2, which sucked the wallets of moviegoers dry.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the fifth and final Twilight movie made a massive $141.3 million.

That puts it in second for the franchise’s history, coming behind the second film, New Moon, which made $142.8 million back in 2009.

Skyfall came in second place with $41.5 million in its second weekend. It is expected to surpass 2008’s Quantum of Solace in the next few days to become the highest grossing film in the 23-movie franchise in the U.S.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln saw a major expansion this weekend from its limited release last weekend and made $21 million in just under 1800 theaters, says ComingSoon.net.

Wreck-It Ralph continues to perform well, coming in fourth in its third weekend with $18.3 million.

Flight pushed Argo out of the top five, making more than double than its fellow awards contender with $8.6 million. Argo made $4 million.

Taken 2, Pitch Perfect and Here Comes the Boom came in seventh, eighth and ninth, making $2.1, $1.3 and $1.2 million respectively.

Rounding out the top ten was a surprise foreign film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which made $1.1 million.

Next week is Thanksgiving weekend and sees the release of Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook all on Wednesday November 21.

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