“Lincoln”, the movie that opened Nov. 9, 2012 to limited-release showings and opened nationally a week later, is in its seventh week as a top 10 movie across the nation’s movie theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. In the past weekend, the movie made an additional $7.5 million which brings its total to $132 million since being released two months ago. The new movie about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and released by DreamWorks.
The hugely successful and highly-praised film is based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin autobiography “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” which covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life. The movie’s release date was chosen to coincide with the Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th anniversary.
The movie has a stellar cast including two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln and two-time Academy Award winner Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is extremely popular and still in theaters by having roles in the motion pictures “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Looper”, portrays President Lincoln’s oldest son Robert. Additionally, Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones plays Thaddeus Stevens, the Republican Congressional leader of the day.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Fields, and Tommy Lee Jones have all been nominated for Golden Globe awards for their performances in this motion picture. Likewise, “Lincoln” has been nominated for best drama.
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It was an exciting week for movies over the past week. After a lackluster – disappointing – weekend before Christmas, people went to the movies this past week and weekend, which is good news for the movie industry.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” had an incredible third week, bringing in $33 million this past weekend to allow the motion picture to remain in the number one position on the nation’s top movie list for a third week – every week since it was released. “Django Unchained” was a distant second place, barely topping “Les Miserables (2012)” in third place – two movies just released during Christmas week. Also released last week was “Parental Guidance” which came in a distant fourth place. In fifth place, “Jack Reacher” fell from second place. Rounding out the top ten were “This is 40” at number six, “Lincoln” at number seven, “The Guilty Trip” at number eight, “Monsters, Inc. (3D)” at number nine, and “Rise of the Guardians” at number ten.
The other political movie that is on the chart this week is “Zero Dark Thirty” – the movie about Osama bin Laden – which is only currently showing at five theaters in Los Angeles and New York City. In spite of the extremely limited showings, it is number twenty-one for the week.