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December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the 30 years that CinemaScore has been asking audiences to grade the movies they have seen on opening weekends, only five films have ever received F grades. CinemaScore has now added a sixth: the Brad Pitt starrer, Killing Them Softly. Going into the weekend, the question had been whether Pitts’s name on the marquee would be enough to break the second-weekend-after-Thanksgiving curse. No film has opened on that weekend with more than $13 million since 2003. As it turned out, neither did Killing Them Softly, which was killed harshly with only about $7 million in ticket sales. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 appeared to be holding on to first place for the third week in a row with an estimated $17.4 million, but it was closely trailed by the James Bond thriller Skyfall, with around $17 million. Final figures due to be released on Monday afternoon could see the outcome reversed. The third- and fourth-place finishers, Lincoln and Rise of the Guardians, also were running neck-and-neck with about $13.5 million each, while The Life of Pi was close behind in fifth place with $12 million. The only other film to open over the weekend was the horror film The Collection, which debuted in tenth place with $3.4 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, $17.4 million; 2. Skyfall, $17 million; 3. Lincoln, $13.51 million; 4. Rise of the Guardians, $13.5 million; 5. Life of Pi, $12 million; 6. Wreck-It Ralph, $7.02 million; 7. Killing Them Softly, $7 million; 8. Red Dawn, $6.6 million; 9. Flight, $4.5 million; 10. The Collection, $3.4 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, $17,416,362
2. Skyfall, $16,555,894
3. Rise of the Guardians,, $13,388,852
4. Lincoln, $13,376,696
5. Life of Pi, $12,151,853

7. Killing Them Softly, $6,812,900