411's Box Office Report: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Threepeats at #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.02.2012
Thanks to a weak opening for Brad Pitt's movie...
Poor returns on the new releases this week lead to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 holding onto the #1 spot at the box office this weekend. The vampire/werewolf action/romance brought in $17.4 million to hold onto the top position, the first film to top the box office for three straight weeks since The Dark Knight Rises. The last film in the series has now grossed $254.6 million domestically and $702.4 million worldwide on a $120 million budget; it sits at #5 among domestic film grosses for the year and will pass The Amazing Spider-Man for #4 by next week.
Hanging onto second place was Skyfall, which brought in $17 million in its fourth weekend. The twenty-third James Bond film has now grossed $246 million domestically and $869 million worldwide. It had a budget of $200 million.
Lincoln stayed steady at at #3 in its fourth weekend with $13.5 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed historical biopic has now brought in $83.7 million on a $65 million budget, making it Spielberg's highest grossing film since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Rise of the Guardians continued the even trend from last week, staying at #4 with $13.5 million. The animated seasonal adventure film dropped 43% in its second weekend, a bit high for your average animated film. It has now grossed $48.9 million domestically and $105.9 million worldwide; the budget was $145 million.
Life of Pi also held steady from its opening last week, staying at #5 with $12 million. The Ang Lee-directed film fell 47%, which is about right for its genre. It has now grossed $48.4 million domestically and $108.9 million worldwide with a budget of $120 million.
Wreck-It Ralph was steady at #7 in its fifth weekend with $7 million. The CGI animated video game-themed movie has now grossed $158.3 million domestically and $202.3 million worldwide. Its budget was $165 million.
Brad Pitt's new film Killing Them Softly opened low, all the way down at #7 with $7 million, averaging just $2,888 from 2,424 theaters. That is below the $10 million studios were hoping for. The film also is not likely to hold on well, as it earned the dreaded "F" CinemaScore from audiences. The rating is very rare and indicates a strong aversion from audiences to the film; The Devil Inside and Silent House are the only other films this year to have done so. The film added $14.9 million overseas for a total of $21.9 million worldwide in its first weekend, meaning it will likely be profitable considering the budget of $15 million.
Dropping one spot in its second weekend was Red Dawn, which brought in $6.6 million. The Chris Hemsworth-led action remake fell 54%, which is right about in line with what other films in its genre does. The film has now grossed $31.3 million from a budget of $65 million.
Flight slipped a spot, down to #9 in its fifth weekend with $4.5 million. The Denzel Washington-led drama has a total of $81.5 million domestically and $85 million worldwide with a budget of $31 million.
Finally, The Collection opened soft at #10 with $3.4 million. The horror sequel had a $2,430 average from the 1,403 theaters it opened in and basically matched the opening weekend gross of first film, The Collector which brought in $3.6 million in July of 2009. The film had a budget of $10 million.
The weekend box office tally was $114.6 million, down quite a bit from last week but up a hefty 41% from last year's $81.1 million gross that was led by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1's third weekend haul of $16.5 million.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - $17.4 million ($254.6 million total)
2. Skyfall - $17 million ($246 million total)
3. Lincoln - $13.5 million ($83.7 million total)
4. Rise of the Guardians - $13.5 million ($48.9 million total)
5. Life of Pi - $12 million ($48.4 million total)
6. Wreck-It Ralph - $7.3 million ($158.3 million total)
7. Killing Them Softly - $7 million ($7 million total)
7. Red Dawn - $6.6 million ($31.3 million total)
8. Flight - $4.5 million ($81.5 million total)
10. The Collection - $3.4 million ($3.4 million total)