The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the latest James Bond film Skyfall were the big winners over a record setting Thanksgiving weekend box office.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 took in $43.1 million at the Thanksgiving weekend box office to top the new James Bond film Skyfall in second place at $36 million. With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earning $25 million in third place, the animated Rise of the Guardians at $24 million, and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi at $22 million for fifth spot, it was the biggest Thanksgiving weekend in box office history.
The final film in the the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2 added another leading weekend to its box office totals for a current worldwide haul of over $570 million. With another $26 million over Thanksgiving, Skyfall is nearing the half-billion mark at over $490 million in worldwide sales.
The animated Wreck-it Ralph pulled in another $16.8 million to prove that people spent a lot of time watching movies over Thanksgiving. For those counting remake sales, Red Dawn finished the weekend with a disappointing $14.6 million.
As compared to Breaking Dawn Part 1, which took in over $700 million worldwide, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is $130 million away the first chapter in the final Twilight Saga outing. Still, with combined totals, both Breaking Dawn movies have earned over 1.2 billion.
Had Summit Entertainment not split Breaking Dawn into two parts, the studio would have missed out on an additional $700 million.