23 November 2012 1:24 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Two days into the five-day Thankgiving holiday weekend, a pair of $100-million-plus wide releases opened on Wednesday, but both failed to make it into the top three, as holdovers "Breaking Dawn Part 2," "Skyfall," and "Lincoln" led the field. But overall business is strong - the top ten films grossed more than a third better than last year ($81 million from $60 million in 2011). As usual, the order for the two days differed greatly, as adult-oriented films soared Thursday while those aimed at kids/families slumped. The latter will pick up over the rest of the weekend, likely changing the final ranking by Sunday. "Breaking Dawn Part 2" was an easy number one, up slightly from "Part 1" last year, a sign of positive word of mouth. The big difference this year is the major shift to older audience/awards contending films this early - six of the top ten fit this profile, and provided »


- Tom Brueggemann

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