The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 continued its impressive run atop the box office for a third week by taking in more than $17 million in North America’s theaters for the weekend of Dec. 2, according to box office data provided by Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.
The weekend proved kind to movies that are into multi-week run as the top three from last week remained virtually unchanged from Thanksgiving weekend, a fact that bodes well or bad badly for Hollywood depending on the point of view.
Skyfall continues to show it is the most popular Bond flick of them all as the latest 007 adventure maintained the second spot on the charts adding another $17 million to its coffers, barely losing out to Breaking Dawn for the week. Thus far the flick has grossed $246 million at North America’s theaters and better than $850 million worldwide.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln held its grip on the third slot taking in $13.5 million and holding strong courtesy of strong word-of-mouth generated by positively glowing reviews of the recounting of Lincoln’s political battle to ban slavery in post-Civil War America.
Rounding out the top 5: DreamWorks animated Rise of the Guardians with $13.5 million and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi with $12 million.
This week’s three new releases Killing Them Softy, The Collection and Anna Karenina grossed $7 million, $3.4 million and $2.2 million respectively.
Given that those were the two big releases for the week, the studios seem content to find their box office riches on the back end of the holiday movie season. They’re not exactly hurting. That collection of releases camped at the top three spots boosted the box office over the same weekend last year by 46 percent.
For the year, box office revenues are tracking 5.9 percent over last year and attendance is up a hefty 5.77 percent.
Here is this week’s Top 10 according to Hollywood.com’s Paul Dergarbedian:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 (Summit): $17.4 million
Skyfall (Columbia): $17 million
Lincoln (DreamWorks): $13.5 million
Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks): $13.5 million
Life of Pi (Fox): $12 million
Wreck-It-Ralph (Disney): $7 million
Killing Them Softly (The Weinstein Co.): $7 million
Red Dawn (FilmDistrict): $6.5 million
Flight (Paramount): $4.5 million
The Collection (LD Entertainment): $3.4 million