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Weekend Box Office: ‘Breaking Dawn’ Opens Huge, ‘Skyfall’ Stays Strong

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The weekend box office generated a substantial amount of cash thanks to the popularity of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and the James Bond adventure Skyfall, according to Box Office Mojo.

Although Breaking Dawn – Part 2 netted a whopping $141 million over the weekend, the final installment in the popular series fell short of best the opening weekend numbers posted by New Moon’s. Director Chris Weitz’s entry in the franchise earned $142 million in just three days when it debuted in 2009.

Skyfall, the latest installment in the long-running James Bond series, dropped to second place with $41 million in ticket sales. If you’re sad about Bond’ inability to hang onto the top spot, then you’ll be happy to know the film has generated a remarkable $507 million worldwide.

According to Screen Rant, writer-director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook screened in only 16 theaters over the weekend. The comedy, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, managed to bring in $458,000 over the course of three days. The film is likely to earn quite a bit more when it opens wide on Wednesday (November 21).

Director Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina also opened in a handful of theaters ahead of its November 21 release. The film stars a host of talent, including Kiera Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law. In just 16 theaters, the movie made $315,000.

Director Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis found its way into more theaters the weekend. The film earned $21 million in the span of three days. Considering the former President was against dashing British spies and attractive sparkling vampires, this number isn’t too shabby.

Altogether the top 12 movies earned the North American box office approximately $237 million. Were it not for the appearance of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, that figure may have been much smaller.

What movies did you catch over the weekend? Are you surprised the final Twilight film topped the American box office?

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