‘Twilight,’ ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Lincoln’ Lead Record Weekend
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bella Swan, James Bond and Abe Lincoln have combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving revenue at the box office.
Kristen Stewart’s finale as Bella in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ was No. 1 again with $64 million during the five-day holiday stretch that began Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Daniel Craig’s Bond adventure “Skyfall” came in at No. 2 with $51 million, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga “Lincoln” finished third with $34.1 million.
According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, the three films paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about $290 million from Wednesday to Sunday.
That tops the previous record of $273 million over Thanksgiving in 2009, when “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” led the weekend.
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.
Released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment banner, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” pulled in $43.1 million from Friday to Sunday, raising its domestic total to $227 million. The movie added $97.4 million overseas to bring its international total to $350.8 million and its worldwide take to $577.7 million.
Sony’s “Skyfall” also topped $200 million domestically, ringing up $36 million for the three-day weekend to put its U.S. total at $221.7 million.
“Lincoln,” a DreamWorks film distributed by Disney, took in $25 million over the weekend to lift its domestic revenue to $62.2 million.
Leading the newcomers was Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s animated tale “Rise of the Guardians” at No. 4 with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million since opening Wednesday.
Close behind at No. 5 was director Ang Lee’s shipwreck saga “Life of Pi” at No. 5 with $22 million over the weekend. The 20th Century Fox release has taken in $30.2 million domestically since its Wednesday debut and added $17.5 million in four Asian markets.
The weekend’s other new wide release, a remake of the 1980s U.S.-invasion tale “Red Dawn,” opened at No. 7 with $14.6 million, raising its total to $22 million since debuting Wednesday.
(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)