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BIGGEST WEEKEND AT BOX OFFICE EVER?

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The local multiplex is likely to be crowded this weekend as moviegoers cram into theaters showing the finale of the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn — Part 2, the second week of the latest 007 thriller, Skyfall, the family film Wreck-It Ralph, and the now-expanded launch of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. (The movie website BoxOfficeMojo commented that “this is going to be one of the highest-grossing weekends ever, and it could even top the $259.9 million record set on the final weekend of 2009.”) Meanwhile, two probable Oscar contenders, Focus Features’ Anna Karenina and The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook, are scheduled to open in 16 theaters. The major trade publications are predicting that Breaking Dawn could open with around $150 million — close to the $152.5 million that The Hunger Games raked in over its first weekend last March. The franchise’s previous best opening came in 2009, when New Moon collected $142.8 million. Last year’s Breaking Dawn — Part 1 debuted with $138.1 million and finished its run with a massive worldwide gross of $709.9 million.(Oddly, none of the major box-office pundits is predicting how Skyfall will do in its second week.)