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article image'Twilight' bites off $141.3 million as fans flock to theaters

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 18, 2012 in Entertainment
Bite it did. In a good way, that is. It was "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." The final installment of the franchise hauled in a robust $141.3 million.
Rabid fans and followers flocked to theaters this weekend to see Bella and company one last time. It payed off to a hefty sum as well. It just may have pushed others to a solid weekend, too, as the box office was solid.
When a blockbuster is released, and the last of the franchise to boot, the scrutiny and the estimates get tracked with more zest and appeal. Much like an election night, people on both sides have their say, and then the numbers come in.
When looking at the list only as it comes in, look at a takeaway item or two and this week, it isn't so much the No. 1 film or even "Lincoln" as it expands. Nope. It is the movie that lands in the No. 9 spot. That film is titled. "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and it is from India. The huge takeaway is the rare feat for a Bollywood film. Oh, there is still an on-going debate whether "Slumdog Millionaire" qualified as a Bollywood film, for many reasons. One being the director, Danny Boyle. It was truly made in India but not in many of its styles. This film does not make the Box Office Mojo list for the weekend, but it will stay here. It was directed by Yash Chopra, who died in October. It took in $1.2 million, according to Deadline Hollywood.
"Silver Linings Playbook' played in only 16 theaters (one more was added) and it took in $28,625 per screen. "Anna Karenina" was also in 16 theaters, taking in $19,688 per screen. "Silver Linings Playbook" is getting an even more than usual slow award season release schedule.
Weekend
1. "Breaking Dawn Part 2" - $141.3 million
2. "Skyfall" - $41.5 million
3. "Lincoln" - $21 million
4. "Wreck-It Ralph" - $18.3 million
5. "Flight" - $8.6 million
Now back to the "Twilight" numbers game. Not every film can break a midnight showing record or even beat the other films in the series. But, since the film opened at 10 p.m. Thursday night and then midnight (in over 3,000 theaters) it means curve balls in reporting can take place. It can be like a holiday opening. There is a major difference between a film that has a Monday holiday to add to its take.
The tracking for "Twilight" Friday (did include the 10 p.m showings plus midnight) was $71.9 million; Saturday ($41.8 million) and Sunday ($27.6 million, estimate, of course, for today).
So, now enter this "weekend." When those who just see the big holiday number in the headline, it can be deceiving. The holiday weekend total take in more days, but the regular three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday) is the key. Note that when the Thanksgiving report is posted. Yes, Thanksgiving and Christmas can wreak havoc with the numbers.
For example, a Thanksgiving picture opens on Wednesday and the report is Sunday, it gets to announce a whopping five-day number. However, it must be broken down to a four-day and a three-day, too, and that will be done here. Stay tuned.
It should be interesting since we still have "Twilight" around, and some films open on Wednesday.
One more thing, oh those "Twilight" titles are enough for another list. So, go here for that.
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