The latest 007 flick, Skyfall, managed to grab the #1 spot again in its 5th week after bowing down to Breaking Dawn part 2 in the last three weekends. Such comebacks are rare, even more so for films that have been out as long as Skyfall has.
The 23rd Bond film (technically 25th but who’s counting) grossed $10.7 million, good for 1st place and $262.2 million after 32 days. Monday was actually the first day that saw Skyfall drop below the $1 million mark on its weekdays. Normally that would mean it still has maybe $25 million to go until it runs out of steam. Fortunately Christmas and the New Year are right around the corner, which means lots of free days for just about everyone. So those that didn’t get a chance to see it yet could take this opportunity, or I don’t know, watch it for the 3rd, 4th or 10th time. Either way $300 million certainly looks like an achievable goal here. Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will probably steal some of its wind this coming weekend but expect good to great box office legs during the upcoming holidays.
Rise of the Guardians was a close 2nd with $10.4 million. The DreamWorks animation has $62.2 million so far, which is less than half its $145 million budget. $100-105 million is about as much as Rise of the Guardians can hope to make in North America.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 dropped down to 3rd place with $9.1 million for a total of $269.4 million. At this point I recon we’ll get a photo-finish between this and Skyfall. The Bond flick is obviously gaining each day but the gap isn’t small. Skyfall had $246.7 million at the same point in its run. So at the rate they are going, both should hit $300 million sometime next year.
Lincoln came in 4th with $8.9 million. So far the historical drama has $97.9 million and on Thursday it will pass the $100 million mark. Depending on how many awards it can grab over the coming months, Lincoln could have a longer life in theaters, finishing as high as (or beyond) $150 million.
Life of Pi rounds out the top 5 with $8.3 million for $61.6 million after 20 days. This and Rise of the Guardians are going neck-a-neck and both should end-up close to $100 million.
The only new wide release of the weekend bombed in 6th place. Playing for Keeps, starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid, is proof again that stars bring absolutely no guarantee that a film will be a hit. This turkey turned only $5.7 million on its opening weekend.