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Due to solid word of mouth and it being the final film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 managed a bit better than Friday’s predictions, taking in $141.3 million over the weekend, making it the second most successful opening in the franchise.

Opening in 4,070 theaters domestically, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 averaged a whopping $34,717 per theater to reach the mark, standing only behind New Moon as the highest grossing opening weekend for the Twilight franchise. In fact, as New Moon took in just $142.8 million back in 2009, it’s possible that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 could surpass this with Monday actuals, thanks to the strong word of mouth and its “A” CinemaScore.

In second place was Skyfall, which suffered only a 53% drop and took in a solid $41.5 million in its second weekend in domestic theaters. With an international box office count of $669.2 million, it is now the highest grossing James Bond film ever (not counting inflation), and that number should continue to climb in the coming weeks.

In third place was Lincoln, which took in a remarkable $21 million in just 1,775 theaters in its first weekend of wide release. Steven Spielberg continues to light up the box office, as this showing should seriously help the film’s Oscar chances moving forward.

Other notables, Silver Linings Playbook and Anna Karenina both opened in limited release, taking in $458,430 and $315,395 respectively in 16 theaters apiece. These numbers are nowhere near as impressive as Lincoln‘s last weekend, although they aren’t terrible either. For Silver Linings Playbook, it will need to have a strong showing when it opens into about 400 theaters for Thanksgiving if it wants to stay near the top of Oscar pundits’ predictions.

Here’s a breakdown of the top ten earners of the weekend of November 16, 2012:

Breaking Dawn – Part 2
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Weekend: $141.3 million
Theaters: 4,070
Budget: $120 million
CinemaScore: A
Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Hypable Grade: A-

2. Skyfall – $41.5 million ($161.3 million total)
3. Lincoln – $21 million ($22.4 million total)
4. Wreck-It Ralph – $18.3 million ($121.4 million total)
5. Flight – $8.6 million ($61.3 million total)
6. Argo – $4 million ($92 million total)
7. Taken 2 – $2.1 million ($134.6 million total)
8. Pitch Perfect – $1.2 million ($62 million total)
9. Here Comes the Boom – $1.2 million ($41 million total)
10. Cloud Atlas – $0.9 million ($24.8 million total)

  • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

    lol at my theatre, Skyfall beat Breaking Dawn, with about 1000 more ticket sales per day lol I was so proud of my city. Now I’m disappointed by the world lol

    • Brittany

      Mine was the same! Skyfall did much better than Twilight, so much faith in humanity restored!

  • Annie

    I am in physical pain right now, because I was dragged along to see Breaking Dawn pt. 2 and SOMEHOW the final movie of the Twilight Saga was better than the final movie of Harry Potter and GODDAMMIT MOVIE STOP MAKING ME HAVE SLIGHTLY POSITIVE FEELINGS TOWARD A THING I’M NOT FOND OF

    • RabbitRabbit

      Seriously?!?! I’m not fond of the twilight movies either, but your comment intrigues me. How was it better than HP??

      • Trixie99

        I’m curious as well. I haven’t seen the movie yet as I will be seeing it next weekend. I can’t imagine that I will like it more than DH and am wondering if some people feel this way simply because the Twilight movies are able to fit more of the book in the movies or if it’s for other reasons that are IMO more legit like special effects, suspense, acting, musical score, atmosphere, sets, dialogue and plot.

        At any rate I am looking forward to BD2 as I’ve heard some good things about it and it thankfully looks a lot better than BD1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/KevinDimamayValente Kevin D. Valente

      You’re kidding right? How could you say that it was a better final movie than DH2?!!

    • PotterFan1029

      This scares me because I suspect that my friend will also drag me to see BD2 this week, and I would be horrified if I liked it better than DH2, because I was not the biggest fan of DH2 :o

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    Well, At least it didn’t surpass The Hunger Games. There’s still some hope in humanity ^_^

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