Breaking Dawn Leads Best-Ever Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office
Led by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, the North American box office had its best-ever Thanksgiving, hauling in $290 million between Wednesday and Sunday, surpassing the $270.5 million record set in 2009.
The final installment of Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster Twilight franchise grossed $64 million over the five-day holiday period, bringing its two-week domestic total to $227 million ($577.7 million worldwide). MGM’s Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, came in a distant second with $51 million for the five days, pushing its total to $221.7 million; The Hollywood Reporter notes it’s the first Bond picture to earn $200 million or more domestically. Its worldwide haul is $790.1 million to date.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was No. 3 with a five-day gross of $34.1 million, for a domestic total of $62.2 million. At No. 4 was DreamWorks Animation’s new release Rise of the Guardians, which opened soft with $32.6 million for the period. The studio is banking on the children’s film having longer legs because of its Christmas themes. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi rounded out the Top 5 with $30.1 million over the five days.