Hollywood has reason to give thanks this year. Boosted by a trio of new releases and a veritable cornucopia of well-performing holdovers, the Thanksgiving box office reached an all-time high this year. Theaters sold an estimated $295 million worth of tickets in five days, outdoing the Thanksgiving record of $273 million set in 2009.
As expected, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 led the way with $43.1 million over the regular weekend frame (a 70 percent drop from its $141.1 million debut), and a huge $64.0 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period. After ten days, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has earned $227.0 million — slightly more than the $220.8 million that Breaking Dawn – Part 1 had earned at the same point in its run, but slightly behind New Moon‘s $230.9 million take at the 10-day mark. Internationally, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has already earned $350.8 million, which brings its worldwide total to $577.7 million. Like its predecessor, the $120 million Summit production should finish just below $300 million domestically and between $700 and $800 million worldwide when all is said and done. READ FULL STORY »