“Twilight” and “Skyfall” Devour Newcomers in Long Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Box Office

Alec Baldwin in Rise of the Guardians
“Twilight” and “Skyfall” Devour Newcomers, “Rise of the Guardians” and “Life of Pi” in Long Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Box Office

Teen vampire film “The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn Part 2” starring Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, led the weekend box office with $64 million in ticket sales for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. Daniel Craig as 007 James Bond in blockbuster “Skyfall” in second place with a total five-day haul of $51 million. “Skyfall” is the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise.

Steven Spielberg’s  historical film about the last days of President Abraham Lincoln, “Lincoln,” in third place with $34.1 million. Newcomer animated film “Rise of the Guardians” featuring the voices of Chris Pine and Alec Baldwin as the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and other childhood favorites save the world, took fourth place with $33 million. Another newcomer, Fox “Life of Pi” based on Yann Martel’s 2001 bestseller about a boy who survives on a raft with a tiger after a ship sinks, rounded out the top 5 with $30.2 million.

From Deadline Hollywood:  Best of all, audiences came out in droves for an overwhelming majority of original films as well as popular sequels. Hollywood today is giving thanks this is now the biggest-ever moviegoing T-Day holiday: $288M for the 5 days of domestic box office, smashing 2009′s record of $258.6M. It also beat the previous all-time 5-day moviegoing record set in 2009 of $270.5M. I don’t wanna hear these studios plead poverty to the Hollywood community for at least several months. (“We have no complaints,” agreed one studio bigwig.) In sharp contrast to Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day grosses, domestic box office went into overdrive on Friday by posting double- and triple-digit increases. Saturday stayed relatively flat, with only one film up in the Top 10.