The post-Thanksgiving weekend box-office take proved to be as anemic as ever, with new films failing to break into the top five earners and established movies falling by considerable amounts. Even the Brad Pitt crime vehicle “Killing Them Softly” could barely round up $7 million.
Holding on to the top position at the box office by a whisker was the final “Twilight” film, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," although its gross receipts fell by 60 percent this weekend. The latest installment of the vampire-romance series brought in $17.4 million, giving the movie a total of $254.6 million after three weeks in theaters.
In second place at the box office was the most recent entry in the James Bond franchise, “Skyfall,” with $17 million and a total domestic gross of $246 million. Despite falling 54 percent, “Skyfall” is by far the highest-earning Bond film ever, with $869 million worldwide and a China release on the way. It is entirely possible that Daniel Craig’s third outing as Bond could fetch more than a billion dollars.
In third place at the box office was Steven Spielberg’s historical epic “Lincoln.” The Oscar hopeful pulled in $13.5 million, giving it a total haul of $83.7 million since its release.
Disappointingly, Pitt's crime drama “Killing Them Softly” opened in seventh place. The film was directed by Andrew Dominik, who also worked with Pitt on “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” but the movie unforunately failed to capture the magic of Pitt’s more marketable work. It currently stands as the worst opening for a wide-release Brad Pitt movie since “The Favor” in 1994.
Check out the top 10 earners of the weekend below, as reported by Box Office Mojo.
1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2” -- $17.4 million
2. “Skyfall” -- $17.0 million
3. “Lincoln” -- $13.5 million
4. “Rise of the Guardians” -- $13.5 million
5. “Life of Pi” -- $12.0 million
6. “Wreck-It Ralph” -- $7.1 million
7. “Killing Them Softly” -- $7 million
8. “Red Dawn” -- $6.5 million
9. “Flight” -- $4.5 million
10. “The Collection” -- $3.4 million
Eric Brown is an IBTimes reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.