Weekend Wrap-Up

Skyfall Wins a Lost Weekend at the Box Office

By John Hamann

December 9, 2012

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That puts the turd that is Playing For Keeps down in sixth, a higher ranking than this piece of trash deserves. The Gerard Butler "film" earned $6 million from 2,837 venues, but really should have been seen by no one. There is now one positive review at Rotten Tomatoes (out of a possible 57 at the time I write this), but there is really nothing positive to say about it (unless you’re Leonard Maltin). From what I understand, this movie is about Gerard Butler nailing soccer moms, but with a PG-13 rating – you know, for kids! – and no laughs. This is an old-fashioned dump off if I’ve ever seen one, and a well-positioned one at that. This one cost $35 million to make, and will be gone in two weekends.

Seventh is Wreck-It Ralph, a film that was number one six weekends ago. Ralph just keeps chugging along, earning another $4.9 as it drops 29% from the previous frame. The $165 million release has now earned $164.4 million and will likely tap out with about $180 million.

Red Dawn, a film that would have already exited the top ten if there was any competition, turns up in eighth place. The remake of the '80s action flick earned $4.3 million in its third frame, down 34% from last weekend. The $65 million picture now has a gross of only $37.3 million.


Ninth goes to Flight, and like Wreck-It Ralph, is now six weekends old. Flight earned $3.1 million and fell 30% compared to the previous frame. The Paramount success story cost $31 million to make, and has a gross so far of $86.2 million.

In tenth this weekend is Killing Them Softly, with that ugly F Cinemascore. After opening in seventh last weekend, the hit man flick dropped 60% to only $2.7 million this frame. It has a total so far of $11.8 million, against a budget of only $15 million.

Overall, this all means that things are darkest before the dawn. The top 12 films earned $72.8 million this weekend, a figure that The Hobbit – all by itself – should surpass next weekend. The same weekend last year had New Year’s Eve on top, and the top 12 could only find $67.8 million, so maybe this weekend isn’t all that bad, as turkey leftovers continue to thrive.

Top Ten for Weekend of
Gross ($)
1 Skyfall Sony Pictures 11,000,000 -34% 261,620,000
2 Rise of the Guardians Paramount Pictures 10,540,000 -21% 61,913,574
3 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Summit Entertainment 9,200,000 -47% 268,734,764
4 Lincoln Walt Disney 9,115,000 -32% 97,335,000
5 Life of Pi 20th Century Fox 8,300,000 -32% 60,917,529
6 Playing for Keeps FilmDistrict 6,000,000 New 6,000,000
7 Wreck-It Ralph Walt Disney 4,904,000 -29% 164,448,000
8 Red Dawn Open Road 4,261,000 -34% 37,265,000
9 Flight Paramount Pictures 3,130,000 -30% 86,202,236
10 Killing Them Softly The Weinstein Co. 2,748,000 -60% 11,771,737
11 The Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Co. 2,238,000 -28% 14,030,740
12 Anna Karenina Focus Features 1,537,911 -32% 6,601,815

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