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November 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Question: when is a film’s weekend box-office gross of $141 million regarded in some quarters as a disappointment? Answer: when it’s the amount earned by the final installment of the Twilight saga, that’s when. Ticket sales for Breaking Dawn — Part 2 would have been hailed as spectacular if it had been any other film. But it had been widely predicted that the final installment of the Summit Entertainment franchise would earn $150 million or more and set a record for a 2D film. If the studio estimates hold, it fell short of the record for the franchise, set by 2009’s New Moon with $142 million, finishing just ahead of last year’s debut of Part 1, which raked in $138 million over the same weekend. It’s hard to figure out why the film failed to take a bigger bite out of the box office. Only a few theaters on the East Coast remained closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. There was no strong competition from anything on television. And reviews of the movie were mostly positive. However, blame could very well be assigned to some stiff competition — principally from Sony’s 007 thriller, Skyfall, which took in $41.5 million in its second weekend, to bring its total earnings after 11 days to $161 million. Meanwhile, DreamWorks brought forth upon this continent Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Lincoln, expanding it into a modest 1,775 theaters (just 43.6 percent of Twilight‘s 4,070 total) from last weekend’s 11, where it earned around $21.42 million or a solid $12,068 per theater. Rounding out the top five were Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, with $18.3 million, and Paramount’s Flight, with $8.6 million.

Final Figures for the Top Ten Films

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2: $141,067,634
2. Skyfall: $41,104,513
3. Lincoln: $21,049,406
4. Wreck-It Ralph: $18,582,937
5. Flight: $8,802,881
6. Argo: $4,046,366
7. Taken 2: $2,126,620
8. Jab Tak Hai Jaan: $1,283,585
9. Pitch Perfect: $1,267,855
10: Here Comes the Boom: $1,172,656