411’s Box Office Report: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Tops Out at #1
To absolutely no one’s surprise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 won the box office this weekend. The final saga of the Twilight franchise brought in $141.3 million domestically for the top spot, over three times the next-closest film. The number represents the eighth-highest opening weekend of all time and the second-highest of the franchise, just behind New Moon’s $142.8 million in 2009. The film averaged $34,717 at the 4,070 theaters it opened in and added $199.6 million overseas for a total of $340.9 million worldwide; the budget was $120 million.
Falling to second place was Skyfall. The twenty-third James Bond film held on pretty well, bringing in $41.5 million in its second weekend for a 53% drop which is just a bit above average for its genre and opening weekend. The film has now grossed $161.3 million, making it a sure thing to pass Quantum of Solace’s $168.4 million as the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, and $669.2 million worldwide which is already the highest number for a Bond film. It had a budget of $200 million.
Up twelve spots in its nationwide expansion, Lincoln finished at #3 with $21 million. The Steven Spielberg historical biopic averaged $11,831 from 1,775 theaters for what is considered to be a strong opening number, especially since great reviews and word of mouth should guarantee legs for the film. It has brought in $22.4 million in two weeks on a $65 million budget.
Wreck-It Ralph was down two places to #4 in its third weekend with $18.3 million. The CGI animated video game-themed movie now grossed $121.5 million domestically and $147.8 million worldwide. Its budget was $165 million.
Flight was also down two rungs, hitting #5 in its third weekend with $8.6 million. The Denzel Washington-led drama has a total of $61.3 million domestically and $62.1 million worldwide with a budget of $31 million.
Argo fell two spots to #6 in its sixth weekend, bringing in $4.1 million. The film has now grossed $92 million domestically and $119.1 million worldwide on a $44.5 million budget; it looks to be on pace to top The Town as Ben Affleck’s highest-grossing directorial effort to date.
Taken 2 continued the two-spot fall, dropping to #7 with $2.1 million. The film has now grossed $134.6 million domestically and $351.7 million worldwide on a budget of $45 million.
Pitch Perfect continued an impressive run, holding even at #8 with $1.3 million. The Anna Kendrick-led musical comedy has been a hit for Universal, with a domestic total of $62 million and a worldwide gross of $65.5 million on a budget of $17 million.
Coming in at #8 the Bollywood film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which brought in an impressive $1.2 million. That was an average of $7,453 from 161 theaters. The romance is the first Bollywood film to hit the US top ten in a long, long time. No word on its budget.
Finally, Kevin James’ MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom dropped a spot to #10 with $1.2 million. The film has now grossed a total of $41 million domestically and $45 million worldwide with a budget of $42 million.
The weekend box office tally was $245.5 million, up a hefty 10% from last year’s $222.5 million gross that was led by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1’s $138.1 million opening.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film’s grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – $141.3 million ($141.3 million total)
2. Skyfall – $41.5 million ($161.3 million total)
3. Lincoln – $21 million ($22.4 million total)
4. Wreck-It Ralph – $18.3 million ($121.5 million total)
5. Flight – $8.6 million ($61.3 million total)
6. Argo – $4.1 million ($92 million total)
7. Taken 2 – $2.1 million ($134.6 million total)
8. Pitch Perfect – $1.3 million ($62 million total)
9. Jab Tak Hai Jaan – $1.2 million ($1.2 million total)
10. Here Comes the Boom – $1.2 million ($41 million total)