Box Office Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

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December 3rd, 2012

Box Office Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

-- For the third week in a row, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two” topped the movie box office sales charts as it sucked up $17,410,000 more from vampire fans’ wallets during the weekend of November 30, bringing its total gross profit to nearly $255 million since its November 16 release. If the Volturi got its hands on that amount in liters of blood, there would surely be chaos. However, in the fourth and final film of Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling “Twilight” series, the ruthless troops do not stand a chance. As Bella embarks on a new journey as a mother, Team Edward and Team Jacob team up, proving the strength of love and friendship. “Breaking Dawn - Part Two” has a PG-13 rating for mild sensuality, partial nudity, and disturbing images.

Continuing Films

The latest James Bond spy action hit, “Skyfall,” continues to fly in theaters and this weekend brought in an additional $17 million, bringing its soaring sales total to slightly more than $246 million. Under dangerous circumstances, 007 must decide whether to stay loyal to his colleague M16 or destroy the threat when she loses an important list and he learns some complex secrets about her past. “Skyfall” has a PG-13 rating for sexuality, strong language, smoking, and intense violent scenes.

Adding $12 million and bringing its grand gross sales total to almost $84 million this weekend, “Lincoln” continues to pay tribute to one of America’s more prized former presidents. Daniel Day-Lewis successfully portrays President Lincoln’s undying courage, determination, and strength as the President tries his hardest to rebuild the country during his last few months. “Lincoln” is rated PG-13 for images of carnage, strong war violence, and strong language.

This year’s animated Christmas movie, “Rise of the Guardians,” has brought in an additional $13.5 million just in time for the holiday season. The wild and unruly winter spirit Jack Frost learns his lesson in this family flick when he is forced to change his ways and help the Guardians defeat the scary Nightmare King who plans to take over the world. A transition from traditional Christmas films, this fun animation is suitable for the whole family and helps teach the true reason for the season. It’s rated PG for mildly scary action and thematic elements.

The heart-wrenching story of young Pi Patel’s journey to America, “Life of Pi,” added $12 million to its total sales this weekend. Tossed from a shipwrecked freighter and left to brave the Pacific’s dangerous waves aboard a life raft, the 16-year-old boy and three animal accompaniments fight for their lives. “Life of Pi” has a PG rating for peril, scary action sequences, and emotional thematic content throughout.

“Wreck-It Ralph” gained more than $7 million in the box office this week, bringing its gross sales figure to more than $158 million. This animated story of a video game villain who wants to change his ways sees Ralph step out of his game in an attempt to wear hero Fix-It Felix’s shoes. Being a hero is not as easy as it seems, though, and Ralph soon learns that every position has its problems. The animation is rated PG for mild violence and rude humor.

New this weekend, “Killing Them Softly” has already brought in $7 million in box office sales. The local criminal economy takes a turn for the worst when three stupid criminals partake in a heist, interrupting a Mob-protected card game. Brad Pitt stars as professional enforcer Jackie Cogan in this crime thriller that’s rated R for violence, pervasive language, sexual references, and some drug use.

Movies to DVD

Batman returns to DVD on Tuesday, December 4, in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Will his fate be to survive and save Gotham City despite the appearance of a cunning cat burglar and the ruthless masked terrorist Bane? Find out in the action film, rated PG-13 for language, strong violence and action, and sexual situations.

Everyone’s favorite little fish is back in “Finding Nemo 3D,” now ready to enjoy at home in 3D. When the overly protective clownfish Marlin loses his son Nemo to the depths of the big blue sea, he thinks it’s for the worst. Joined by fun-loving Dory, who doesn’t appear to be the smartest fish of her school, Marlin is in for quite a surprise and a lesson to be learned as he sets out in search of his son with the lucky fin. This family-friendly film is rated G.

In “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” a happily married couple, whose only problem is that they can’t have children, gets quite the surprise after burying a wish for a child in a little box in their backyard. Who knew he would simply show up at their front door? The film is rated PG for brief language and mild thematic elements.