This week the box office was in a total frenzy and was literally playing in big money. What is surprising though is that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2 is enjoying its moment of triumph. It has surprisingly surpassed the expectations of the makers and what more they have even emerged victorious by generating more revenue than the much awaited Bond Flick- Skyfall.
The very first weekend of the Twilight made the money bells jingle with a turnover of $ 141.3 million. Yet another impressive feather on their caps is that on the opening day itself they generated $ 162.2 million from the global box office. Within the United States itself the film garnered $ 71.2 million.
The makers are indeed revealing in their moment of triumph as the film is considered to be the eighth biggest opening weekend of all times. The makers have high hopes and estimate around $340.9 million both nationally as well as from foreign viewers.
The franchise have all the more reasons to rejoice as they have in their kitty three out of the top nine openings of all times to their credit.
In the corporate arena too this Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has surpassed Lionsgate's expectations. Lionsgate is known as the seventh company which had ever crossed the billion dollar plateau. However for the first time ever in history, Breaking Dawn has pushed the bench mark of $ 1 billion. Lionsgate too has cause to rejoice as it is the only company which has two films (Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and The Hunger Games) which have opened with more than $ 125 million within the same year.
Daniel Craig and the latest Bond flick- Skyfall limped back to the second position hot on the heels of the Breaking Dawn. It still generated revenue of $41.5 million in its second week taking the total upto $ 161.337 million.
IMAX theatres across the globe have been successfully been able to generate revenue of $ 39 million. Skyfall also became the best performing film of all times from the Bond franchise. The success of this film has been fruitful for Sony Pictures Entertainment who are basking in the biggest ever year at the box office and taking its revenue to an all time high of more than $ 4 billion.
History and period films have always done well at the box office and Lincoln was no exception. Lincoln retained the third position in the second week since its release and has earned $ 21 million. However much of the revenue and the masses were drawn by the speculations that the film would be worthy of an Oscar.
We share with you the official breakdown of the top five grossing films of the weekend.
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: $141.3 million
2. Skyfall: $41.5 million; $161.337 million total
3. Lincoln: $21 million; $21.42 million total
4. Wreck-It Ralph: $18.31 million; $121.48 million total
5. Flight: $8.6 million; $61.34 million