U.S. Box Office Weekend Round Up Nov 16 – 18, 2012 (Team Twilight Breaking The Box Office)

Well there was never any doubt that TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (4,070 prints) was going to maraud and plunder the box office this weekend worldwide – and it has – and ooh did you like my piratey references there? Nice Nice Nice. Tracking was through the roof and the film certainly kicked a major goal but it didn’t beat the opening records of its predecessor NEW MOON ($142.8m)  as we all hoped. Here’s how it fell (Showing % diff to prior installment them its full domestic life) BD 2 came in 2.3% higher than BD 1 . From here it’s my belief that the film is squarely aimed to finish up around the $290m mark domestically in the U.S. being this week would’ve done about 49% of the theatrical business already (A Massive $71m on Friday alone). THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART TWO will be the 2nd highest grossing opening weekend and 3rd highest grosser in the franchise. Yep ECLIPSE is the highest grosser theatrical life time in the U.S.

The Twilight Saga: Twilight $69,637,740 0.00% $192,769,854 36.12%
The Twilight Saga: New Moon $142,839,137 105.12% $296,623,634 48.16%
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $64,832,191 -54.61% $300,531,751 21.57%
The Twilight Saga: Breaking 1 $138,122,261 113.05% $281,287,133 49.10%
The Twilight Saga: Breaking 2 $141,300,000 2.30%

007 SKYFALL (3,505 prints) rakes in another huge $41.5m for its 2nd weekend in the U.S. to bring its domestic gross to $161.3m. This is off just over 50% weekend on weekend given the opening weekend was $87.8m! With no major competition in the films way pretty much until THE HOBBIT & JACK REACHER rock up, SKYFALL should coast it’s way to $250m+ domestically.

LINCOLN’s expansion works a treat as the historical biopic rakes in $21m for the weekend, this is only off 1775 prints which is half of SKYFALL and less than half of TWILIGHT, a stunning result amidst the wall of strong product floating around it. This bodes really well for the awards season that’s kicking off as it’ll bolster LINCOLN’s presence both in the media and in the public eye.

3D WRECK IT RALPH (3,662 prints) sails past $120m domestically with a $18.3m weekend for week 3. This puppy ran on more prints than SKYFALL this weekend and come that weekend day trade you can bet that this 8-bit hero had quite a few punters turning the stiles. It’s bid to kick on will be met with stiff competition when DreamWorks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS rocks up this Wednesday.

FLIGHT (2,612 prints) , the quiet achiever flick!, kicks over $60m cumulative for an $8.6m weekend. LINCOLN would’ve taken a fair bite out of FLIGHT (Not to mention SKYFALL) this week but the heady drama has certainly found its audience and this puppy should finish up it’s theatrical season at around the $80m mark. Zemeckis’ highest grossing live action dramas are FORREST GUMP (1994) on $329m and CAST AWAY (2000) on $233m domestically.

ARGO (2,210 prints) winds down to $4m this week as it eclipses $92m, by the end of today ARGO will be Ben Affleck’s highest grossing directorial effort ever. THE TOWN was his record holder on $92.1m.

Figures from Collider, Imdb, Box Office Mojo & Deadline

Title Weekend Total
1.  Breaking Dawn Part 2 $141,300,000 $141.3
2.  Skyfall $41,500,000 $161.3
3.  Lincoln $21,000,000 $22.4
4.  Wreck-It Ralph $18,312,000 $121.4
 Flight $8,615,000 $61.3
6.  Argo $4,070,000 $92
7.  Taken 2 $2,100,000 $121.6
8.  Pitch Perfect $1,260,000 $61
9.  Here Comes the Boom $1,200,000 $41
10.  Cloud Atlas $900,000 $24.8