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November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 did not, as many box-office pundits had predicted, set a new record for an opening weekend. It did not even set a new record for the Twilight franchise. (That’s held by 2009’s New Moon with $142.8 million.) But the $141.1 million that it earned nevertheless represents the eighth biggest domestic opening ever, coming in just ahead of Breaking Dawn — Part 1, the ninth biggest with $138 million. Three films in the top nine ain’t bad for any movie franchise. Moreover, the Twilight finale added an additional $199.4 million to its total gross in overseas markets, to bring its worldwide figure for the weekend to $340.5 million. Coming in second was the latest James Bond thriller, Skyfall, which collected $41.1 million, bringing its total after 11 days to $160.9 million and its worldwide total after four weekends (it opened overseas two weeks ahead of its domestic opening) to $669.2 million. That already puts it ahead of the previous record for the Bond franchise, set by Casino Royale in 2006 with $599.2 million. Not to be overlooked is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which expanded into 1,775 theaters to wind up with $21 million. Its $11,859 per-theater average proved to be slightly better than Skyfall‘s with $11,727. It was, commented’s box-office maven Paul Dergarabedian, “an absolutely perfect expansion result.” Overall, the box office was up 13 percent versus the same weekend a year ago. Total revenue for the year is now up 4.83 percent from last year, while attendance is up 4.69 percent, according to Dergarabedian’s calculations.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Summit/Lionsgate, $141,067,634, (New); 2. Skyfall, Sony/Columbia, $41,104,513, 2 Wks. ($160,941,621); 3. Lincoln, Disney/DreamWorks, $21,049,406, 2 Wks. ($22,468,242); 4. Wreck-it Ralph, Disney, $18,582,937, 3 Wks. ($121,750,227); 5. Flight, Paramount, $8,802,881, 3 Wks. ($61,523,691); 6. Argo, Warner Bros., $4,046,366, 6 Wks. ($91,998,846); 7. Taken 2, Fox, $2,126,620, 7 Wks. ($134,651,009); 8. Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yash Raj Films, $1,283,585, 1 Wk. ($1,941,805 — from Tuesday); 9. Pitch Perfect, Universal, $1,267,855, 8 Wks. ($61,084,213); 10. Here Comes the Boom, Sony/Columbia, $1,172,656, 6 Wks. ($40,991,671).