Weekend Wrap-Up

Twilight is finished

By John Hamann

November 18, 2012

Dude, my hands are huge. They can touch anything but themselves.

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Six-weekend-old Argo drops to sixth this weekend, but is another big success story for sophisticated storytelling. Argo earned only $4.1 million this frame, but the $45 million Warner Bros. thriller brought its overall take up to $92 million. This is a huge success for a smallish movie, and puts it into position to be at least considered come Oscar time.

Taken 2 spends its seventh weekend in the top ten, but is down to collecting scraps in the box office basement. The Liam Neeson actioner brought in another $2.1 million, dropping 48% compared to the previous frame. This $45 million Fox production has now brought in $134.6 million stateside, and is beyond the $200 million mark overseas.

Eighth is Pitch Perfect, which is a remarkable eight weekends old. After spending a couple of weekends outside the top ten, it has now been back for two consecutive frames, and is another success story. This weekend, it earned $1.3 million, and drops 40%. With a budget of only $17 million, this Universal release has now earned $61.3 million.


Here Comes the Boom, the Kevin James comedy, finishes in ninth place, earning another $1.2 million and falling 53%. This is a film that never finished above fifth, but has a gross so far of $41 million.

Finally, tenth place is effectively a tie between animated flick Hotel Transylvania, indie flick The Sessions, which features the great John Hawkes in the lead role, and Cloud Atlas. All three films earned $900,000, though Hotel Transylvania is on 1,248 screens, The Sessions is playing in 516 locations and Cloud Atlas is in 920. So far, Hotel Transylvania has earned $142.7 million, while The Sessions bolstered its total to $2.8 million. Cloud Atlas has a disappointing total of $24.9 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office is of course propelled forward by Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, to the point where the top 12 films this weekend earned $242.1 million. Last year, when Part 1 debuted, the top 12 films earned $215 million, so one can see this is the bigger weekend overall, thanks to Skyfall and Lincoln. Next weekend brings Thanksgiving, and with it we get Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi, and the re-imagining of Red Dawn. We will also get an expansion of Silver Linings Playbook and probably Lincoln as well.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/16/12-11/18/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 Summit/lionsgate $141,300,000 New $141,300,000
2 Skyfall SONY $41,500,000 - 53% $161,337,000
3 Lincoln WALT DISNEY $21,000,000 + 2124% $22,419,000
4 Wreck-It Ralph WALT DISNEY $18,312,000 - 45% $121,479,000
5 Flight PARAMOUNT $8,615,000 - 42% $61,336,000
6 Argo Warner Bros. $4,070,000 - 38% $92,022,000
7 Taken 2 Twentieth Century Fox $2,100,000 - 48% $134,624,389
8 Pitch Perfect Universal $1,262,250 - 51% $61,078,608
9 Here Comes the Boom Sony/Columbia $1,200,000 - 52% $41,019,000
10 The Sessions FOX SEARCHLIGHT $900,000 + 65% $2,803,434
10 Cloud Atlas WARNER BROS. $900,000 - 66% $24,894,000
10 Hotel Transylvania Columbia Pictures (Sony) $900,000 - 63% $142,700,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein Co. $458,430 New $458,430
  Anna Karenina Focus Features $315,395 New $315,395
  The Comedy Tribeca Film $13,150 + 119% $21,194
  The Man With the Iron Fists UNIVERSAL $700,700 - 73% $14,663,675
  A Late Quartet Entertainment One $160,079 - 10% $532,671
  This Must Be the Place $23,860 - 24% $83,514
  The Other Son Cohen Media Group $84,709 - 38% $670,174
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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