Around this time last year, Breaking Dawn—Part 1 debuted with $138 million, one of the strongest openings ever.
Well, guess what? Breaking Dawn—Part 2 did even better than that. The final instalment of the popular vampire series opened with $141 million—just shy of the $142.8 million franchise-high set by New Moon. That makes The Twilight Saga the only series in history to have three movies debut with over $130 million. (And if the proposed “reboots” go forward, there’s a chance that it could be the only series in history to have four, five, six, seven, or possibly eight movies debut with over $130 million. But let’s try not to think about that. It’s too depressing).
In other news, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln performed much better than expected in general release, adding an impressive $21 million to the $1 million it made last week in limited release. For a two and a half hour long movie about old men arguing about legislation (and not about young, attractive vampires who stare longingly into each others’ red eyes), that’s pretty spectacular.
In its second week of release, Skyfall dropped off 53%. That’s a fairly steep decline, but it’s unlikely that anyone at Sony is all that concerned. By now, the movie has made so much money that Sony could withdraw it from circulation on Wednesday and it will still be the highest grossing Bond movie of all time.
Here are the weekend’s top 10 movies.
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $141M
2. Skyfall $41.5M (total: $161M)
3. Lincoln $21M (total: $22.4M)
4. Wreck-It Ralph $18.3M (total: $121M)
5. Flight $8.62M (total: $61.3M)
6. Argo $4.07M (total: $92M)
7. Taken 2 $2.1M (total: $135M)
8. Pitch Perfect $1.26M (total: $61.1M)
9. Here Comes the Boom $1.2M (total: $41M)
10. Hotel Transylvania $900K (total: $143M)