November 21, 2012 by Vinnie Leduc
Despite supplanting Breaking Dawn – Part 1 on eighth place on the list of highest openings ever in the domestic box office, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 couldn’t sink its fangs quite far enough to beat the debut of New Moon, the fantasy romance franchise’s first sequel from three years ago. As Skyfall did last week, the second Breaking Dawn opened as the fourth highest of 2012 so far, trailing The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hunger Games. The vampire-werewolf love triangle series finale will also have to take a backseat to the final Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, and Spider-Man 3 on the all-time list of highest domestic debuts. Overall, the final Twilight underperformed, considering it was the bookend to a historically popular franchise heavily fueled by loyal Twihards.
James Bond’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the longest running franchise in cinematic history continued its sophomore weekend stateside as the 23rd movie of the British spy series easily hung onto second place as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln rose from 15th to third as the biopic drama expanded to more theaters also in its second weekend. Disney’s CGI animated family flick Wreck-It Ralph took fourth, and Denzel Washington drama Flight landed behind it to round out the top five, which you can check out below via BOM:
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 — Weekend Gross: $87.8 million — Total Gross: $141.1 million (new)
- Skyfall — Weekend Gross: $41.1 million — Total Gross: $161 million (#1 last week)
- Lincoln — Weekend Gross: $21 million — Total Gross: $22.5 million (#15 last week)
- Wreck-It Ralph — Weekend Gross: $18.6 million — Total Gross: $122 million (#2 last week)
- Flight — Weekend Gross: $8.8 million — Total Gross: $61.5 million (#3 last week)