Friday was a big day at the box office, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Pt 2 and Skyfall holding onto the first- and second-place spots on the charts, respectively, according to early estimates.
The final Twilight installment raked in $17.4 million on Friday, putting it on track for $63.5 million by the end of the 5-day weekend. Meanwhile, Skyfall has become the first James Bond movie to gross more then $200 million, domestically. It earned $14.7 million on Friday, and will have a projected 5-day weekend tally of $49.6 million.
No new movies were able to challenge these two blockbuster franchises. Lincoln held strong with solid numbers, adding $9.9 million on Friday, landing it at No. 3 on the charts, and leading it toward $34.2 million by the end of the weekend. But Rise of the Guardians looks like it may have the worst opening for Dreamworks Animation since 2006′s Flushed Away. Even though it managed to climb to $9.3 million on Friday, it opened on Wednesday with only $4.9 million, then dipped to $3.7 million Thursday, clearly underperforming. Rounding out the Top 5 was Life of Pi, which got off to an underwhelming start on Wednesday with $3.7 million, but grew slightly on Thursday ($4.5 million) and significantly on Friday ($8.8 million). Word of mouth may be paying off for this ambitious, Oscar-buzzed film.
Here’s the top five based on Friday estimates:
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Pt 2 — $17.4 million
2. Skyfall — $14.7 million
3. Lincoln — $9.9 million
4. Rise of the Guardians – $9.3 million
5. Life of Pi – $8.8 million