Friday Report: 'Twilight' Leads Again, 'Softly' Bombs

by Ray Subers
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

December 1, 2012

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 very poorly.

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.

Based on these figures, it's likely that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 winds up in first place for the third-straight weekend.

In third place, Lincoln added $4.04 million (down a comparatively light 60 percent) for a new total of $74.2 million.

Among last weekend's newcomers, Life of Pi performed best with $3.3 million (off 63 percent) for a new total of $39.7 million. Rise of the Guardians plummeted 68 percent to $2.97 million for an early total of $38.4 million, while Red Dawn dropped 66 percent to $2.05 million for a $26.8 million total.

The Weinstein Company always promptly sends along Friday estimates on Saturday morning, though they didn't send anything until late in the morning today despite having a new nationwide release. Maybe this is because that movie—Killing Them Softly—has one of the biggest movie stars in the world (Brad Pitt) but couldn't even break the Top Five. The movie took sixth place with a meager $2.52 million from 2,424 theaters; for the three-day weekend, it will wind up with less than $8 million.

LD Entertainment declined to report Friday box office as well even though their movie The Collection was also in nationwide release. It appears that the movie barely cracked the Top 10, but is going to be unable to match its predecessor's terrible $3.6 million opening.

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