17 November 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The opening of the final "Twilight" film leads all grosses this weekend, but it's not the only box office news. Without taking anything away from its strong $71-million first day and midnight show gross (equalling last year's, as expected), the most interesting figures come from a trio of likely Oscar contenders. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" went wide yesterday to 1,775 theaters after its incredible limited opening last week, for a one-day total of just under $6.4 million, above the high end of expectations and likely totalling above $20 million for the weekend. Despite great reviews and the pedigree of its creators, this had been expected to be a more limited-interest film, with some questioning Disney's decision to go so wide so quickly. A failure to perform would have jeopardized the film's chances of playing into and through Christmas, and possibly damaged its considerable awards potential. Instead, these grosses should enhance its »

- Tom Brueggemann

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