‘Twilight,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Skyfall’ lead record Thanksgiving at the box office

By Daniel Levine,

Hollywood has a lot to be thankful for this week, after crowds flocked to the movie theaters in droves over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. While there were several new films opening, holdovers like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and Skyfall easily led the way. The major disappointment was Dreamworks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, which failed to meet expectations.

From Wednesday to Sunday, total box office revenue in the US reached $290 million, easily surpassing 2009’s $270.5 million, notes The Hollywood Reporter. From Friday to Sunday, the weekend totaled $206.7 million.

Breaking Dawn 2 held the top spot for the second weekend in a row, earning another $43.07 million over the weekend and $64.02 million over the five days, reports Box Office Mojo. After just 10 days, the film is up to $227 million domestically and $577.7 million worldwide.

The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, is already the highest-grossing Bond film of all time in the US. It added $36 million over the weekend and $51.1 million from Wednesday to Sunday. It’s up to $221.7 million and could pass $270 million by the time it leaves theaters.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was the big surprise over the holiday, earning $34.1 million over the five days, notes Entertainment Weekly. Over the three-day weekend, the film made $25 million, which was actually a 19 percent increase than what it made last weekend. It’s up to $62.2 million total.

In fourth was Rise of the Guardians, the last Dreamworks Animation film to be distributed by Paramount. The film cost $145 million to make, but grossed just $32.4 million over the five days and $24.0 million over three days. Thankfully for Paramount and Dreamworks, the audience that did see it, liked it, giving it an A CinemaScore grade, so the studios have to hope that helps it in the long term.

Fox’s awards contender Life of Pi made $30.2 million over the five days and $22.0 million over the weekend. The film is directed by Ang Lee and cost $120 million to produce.

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph added $23.01 million over the five days and $16.8 million over the weekend. It’s up to $149.5 million.

The Red Dawn remake, which was actually made back in 2009, made $22 million over the five days. Silver Linings Playbook made $5.9 million over the five days in limited release.

image: Summit/EPK

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