Kristen Stewart’s finale as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 topped the weekend box office for the second consecutive week with 64 million dollars during the five-day holiday stretch that began on Wednesday.
Daniel Craig’s Skyfall came in at number two with 51 million dollars, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga Lincoln finished third with 34.1 million dollars, the New York Post reported.
According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, the top three films paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about 290 million dollars from Wednesday to Sunday.
The Twilight finale, Skyfall and Lincoln finished in the same top-three rankings for the second-straight weekend as new releases were unable to dislodge the holdovers.
Leading the newcomers was Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s tale Rise of the Guardians at number four with 24 million dollars for the weekend and 32.6 million dollars since opening on Wednesday.
Close behind at number five was director Ang Lee’s shipwreck saga Life of Pi with 22 million dollars over the weekend. The 20th Century Fox release has taken in 30.2 million dollars domestically since its Wednesday debut and added 17.5 million dollars in four Asian markets.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock opened solidly with about 300,000 dollars in 17 theatres. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in a behind-the-scenes story of the making of Psycho.
The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – 43.1 million dollars
Skyfall – 36 million dollars
Lincoln – 25 million dollars
Rise of the Guardians – 24 million dollars
Life of Pi – 22 million dollars
Wreck-It Ralph – 16.8 million dollars
Red Dawn – 14.6 million dollars
Flight – 8.6 million dollars
Silver Linings Playbook – 4.6 million dollars
Argo – 3.9 million dollars
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Rashid Irani's review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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Breaking Dawn 2 Review: This is Bella's time to sparkle
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This is by far the best film in the series. This does not necessarily mean it's good. But as it reaches its prolonged and wildly violent crescendo, it's at least entertaining in a totally nutso way. AP REVIEW
Breaking Dawn Part 2 rakes in mild $30.4m on opening night
The final installment in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn Part 2, proved only mildly successful and took in 30.4 million dollars on Thursday night and midnight showings in North America.
Midnight grosses for the film came in higher than those for the previous Twilight films, but were still lower than midnight grosses for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which totaled 43.5 million dollars in July 2011, and The Dark Knight Rises, which totaled 30.64 million dollars in July 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported. OPENING NIGHT
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