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Holdovers Hang On, 'Killing' 'Soft' in Seventh

2 December 2012 11:10 AM, PST

With two new nationwide releases Killing Them Softly and The Collection failing to make any noise at the box office, the post-Thanksgiving weekend lived up its reputation as a dumping ground. As a result, for the third-straight weekend the top three movies were The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall and Lincoln. On the strength of those holdovers, the Top 12 earned an estimated $107.5 million, which is up a whopping 46 percent from the same frame last year.Breaking Dawn Part 2 three-peated with an estimated $17.4 million (off 60 percent). The fifth and final Twilight movie continues to hang on slightly better than its predecessors, and with a $254.6 million total it's now within $1 million of catching up to New Moon. This was Lionsgate/Summit's 11th weekend this year with a first place movie (four for Hunger Games, two for The Expendables 2, two for The Possession, three for Twilight). That leads all movie studios for 2012; overall, »


- Ray Subers

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'Twilight' Leads Again on Friday

1 December 2012 10:41 AM, PST

The box office was expectedly slow on Friday, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall and Lincoln once again holding the top three spots despite falling hard from their Black Friday grosses. Meanwhile, newcomers Killing Them Softly and The Collection each performed so poorly that their distributors declined to officially report Friday estimates.The fifth and final Twilight movie fell 68 percent to an estimated $5.6 million yesterday. That's the highest gross for any of the franchise's movies at this point in its run, which once again shows that Breaking Dawn Part 2 is hanging on a bit better than its predecessors. Through 15 days, the movie has earned $242.8 million, which trails New Moon by just over $2 million. Skyfall continued its unprecedented box office run with an estimated $4.88 million, which was off 67 percent from last Friday. Its James Bond franchise record reached $233.9 million, and it will get well past $240 million by the end of the weekend. »


- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Forecast: Holdovers To Lead 'Soft' Post-Thanksgiving Weekend

29 November 2012 4:04 PM, PST

The weekend after Thanksgiving is typically a quiet one at the box office, and over the last few years the major studios have mostly avoided releasing any new movies during this period. This year, at least, The Weinstein Company and upstart distributor Ld Entertainment are giving it their best shot with Killing Them Softly and The Collection, respectively. With Brad Pitt playing a ruthless hitman, Softly has the most potential, though it's going to be hard to get near the top of the chart against strong holdovers like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall. The weekend after Thanksgiving wasn't always such a dead zone; back in 2003, for example, The Last Samurai and Honey opened to $24.3 million and $12.9 million, respectively. In recent years, though, it's become a dumping ground, and no movie has opened north of $10 million since Aeon Flux ($12.7 million) in 2005. In fact, this will be the third »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Twilight' Repeats, 'Skyfall' Nears $800 Million Worldwide

27 November 2012 11:47 AM, PST

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall continued to rack up impressive grosses overseas this weekend, while Life of Pi got off to a very good start in a few Asian markets.The fifth and final Twilight movie earned $104.2 million in its second weekend. As expected, it was hit pretty hard in holdover markets (around 62 percent on average), though its gross was buoyed by a strong $16.9 million opening in Germany (a franchise record). The movie has already made $365.5 million overseas, which puts it just $65 million away from passing Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($430.9 million) to set a new franchise record.Thanks to Breaking Dawn's great weekend, Lionsgate was able to cross $1 billion in international grosses this weekend for the first time in its history. Other major contributors to this figure were The Hunger Games and The Expendables 2.Skyfall added around $44 million this weekend for an overseas total of $571.4 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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