GOOD FOR THE GOOSE — MOVIE GANDERERS SET THANKSGIVING RECORD
With the fifth Twilight movie and the 23rd James Bond movie raking in $116 million between them and with Oscar hopefuls Lincoln and the Life of Pi producing better-than-expected results, the box office set a new record for a Thanksgiving holiday. In its second week, Twilight: Breaking Dawn –Part 2 added an estimated $65 million over the five days ($43 million between Friday and Sunday) to its total domestic gross, bringing it to $227 million, while Skyfall brought in $51 million ($36 million over the three-day period), propelling it past the $200-million mark to $221.7 million, quickly setting a new record for a Bond movie. Even more impressive is the fact that the two films account for nearly $1.3 billion in worldwide ticket sales — Twilight with $577 million and Skyfall with about $700 million. Meanwhile, Lincoln, the DreamWorks/Disney Oscar contender, took in a better-than-expected $34 million on just 2018 screens bringing its three-week total to $62 million. With an average of nearly $13,000 per screen, it beat out both Twilight ($10,582) and Skyfall ($10,210) on a per-screen basis. Twentieth Century Fox’s Life of Pi also boasted a solid opening of $30.2 million, although DreamWorks/Paramount’s Rise of the Guardians disappointed as it debuted with $32.6 million. Overall the box office hit $288 million, easily outdistancing the previous record of $268 million set in 2009.