Box Office Guru Wrapup: Twilight Leads Feeding Frenzy on Record Thanksgiving

Summary

Moviegoers across North America stampeded into theaters driving the box office up to a record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday frame led by a mix of commercial hits, family films, and Oscar hopefuls. It was a true team effort as no one film broke through $45M over the Friday-to-Sunday weekend period. However, the top ten did see seven movies in double-digit millions, five over $20M, and four pictures averaging more than $10,000 each. Almost every dish on the turkey menu connected with audiences with the five-day Wednesday-to-Sunday span witnessing a jaw-dropping $290M in consumer spending, not counting the overpriced popcorn. Back to Article

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Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

(sigh) Stupid Twilight.

Kind of sad to see "Rise of the Guardians" underperformed, I was hoping it would do better. Ah, well. Good for "Skyfall" for holding up well. Also cool to see "Ralph" still performing decently in it's fourth weekend (can't wait for the Blu-ray release).

Nov 26 - 10:48 AM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

It's pretty crazy seeing fifth place at the box office cume over 20 million dollars - I guess that's Thanksgiving weekend for ya.

Nov 26 - 11:15 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Skyfall wasn't anything spectacular. Twilight was better than its predecessors but still shitty. Lincoln is the best movie out there, but a little draggy. Hard to doubt the best film of Q4 will be The Hobbit.

Nov 26 - 11:46 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"Skyfall" was okay since it was like Mendes had seen Chris Nolans Batman films before directing this one! And I still don't understand how Bond was able to survive from that 30 foot fall if not from the gunshot and who saved him!

Nov 26 - 05:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The other thing I didn't get was how did the main baddie escaped for I don't recall it was properly explained!

Nov 26 - 05:19 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Wow, it's amazing how much Skyfall managed to close the gap between it and Breaking Dawn. At the rate it's going it could very well end up outgrossing Breaking Dawn Part 2 domestically, and squeeze a spot in the top 5. Now who could have seen that coming? Avengers, TDKR, Hunger Games, Hobbit, Skyfall, I can't remember the last time the top 5 films domestically looked so solid (yes, I know it seems immature to assume a film will be great before it even hits theaters, but hey it's The Hobbit directed by Peter Jackson, what could go wrong?)

Not suprised about Rise of the Guardians. Forget having a title that made it sound like a sequel to that owls movie a couple years ago, animated films that aren't sold as comedies just don't do well. This could very well end up being the first Dreamworks computer animated film to miss the 100 mil mark since Antz from nearly 15 years ago (excluding Flushed Away which was more of an Aardman film). I just hope this doesn't hurt Del Toro's relationship with Dreamworks (it doesn't look could on you resume when every film of theirs that you've produced dissapointed, while all the films you didn't produce in the last couple of years made more than 200 mil domestically each).

Nice to see Life of Pi doing well. That was one risky gamble giving 120 mil to a supposedly unfilmable book, so it's great to see it paying off.

Nov 26 - 12:51 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

TDKR was a glorious misfire, Skyfall was pretty but a by the numbers, uninspired actioner, and I can't praise anything about Hunger Games aside from interesting costume design maybe? You're right about Avengers being great, and Hobbit being foolproof, though.

Nov 27 - 11:05 AM

zinc alloy

zinc alloy

Silver Linings Playbook was packed in the theater I went to and the crowd seemed to love it....hope it does well...great film

Nov 26 - 02:19 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

and to say Americans don't have money to burn, BLLLLAAAAAAAAAHHH!! The Economic Recession is Over! The Recession Kicked the Bucket!!!! Let's go buy that $60,000.00 dollar automobile we've always wanted.

Nov 26 - 03:18 PM

Vincent Fissore

Vincent Fissore

Well, there was also the fact that the number of good or interesting movies in theaters those days has been high. And that it was Thanksgiving with some uninspiring weather in some areas...

Nov 29 - 12:19 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Skyfall" was okay since it was like Mendes had seen Chris Nolans Batman films before directing this one! And I still don't understand how Bond was able to survive from that 30 foot fall if not from the gunshot and who saved him!

Nov 26 - 05:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The other thing I didn't get was how did the main baddie escaped for I don't recall it was properly explained!

Nov 26 - 05:19 PM

Alex Sallas

Alex Sallas

Life of Pi was absolutely amazing. What a fantastic movie. So was Skyfall, as a matter of fact!

Nov 26 - 06:57 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

TDKR was a glorious misfire, Skyfall was pretty but a by the numbers, uninspired actioner, and I can't praise anything about Hunger Games aside from interesting costume design maybe? You're right about Avengers being great, and Hobbit being foolproof, though.

Nov 27 - 11:05 AM

Vincent Fissore

Vincent Fissore

Well, there was also the fact that the number of good or interesting movies in theaters those days has been high. And that it was Thanksgiving with some uninspiring weather in some areas...

Nov 29 - 12:19 PM

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