Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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November 26th, 2012

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

-- Since “Twilight’s” transition from paper to film (2008), where there are attractive vampires, there have been fangirls and fanboys alike willing to have their money sucked up like blood by movie theatres. During the weekend of November 23, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two” lured in enough vampire fans to top box office sales with $43,070,000, with its gross total sales being a whopping $227 million since its November 16 release. In “Breaking Dawn - Part Two,” the final film installment of the best-selling Stephanie Meyer series “Twilight,” the rivalry between Team Edward and Team Jacob comes to a halt, commencing in the final stages of the epic love story shared by Edward Cullen and Bella Swan as they aim to defeat the ruthless Volturi. “Breaking Dawn - Part Two” is rated PG-13 for disturbing images, mild sensuality, and partial nudity.

Continuing Films

Despite its drop from top place in box office sales a couple weeks ago, “Skyfall,” the latest Bond spy film, is still soaring, with total gross earnings of more than $221 million, $36 million of which was earned this past week. When complicated secrets about M’s past are revealed amid Bond’s attempt to protect important information, the agent faces a difficult decision. To maintain his loyalty to MI6 or to destroy the threat is a choice only 007 can make under the dire circumstances. The hard-packed action movie is rated PG-13 for intense violent scenes, sexuality, strong language, and smoking.

Commemorating one of America’s greatest former presidents—a human, just like one of us, but working to rebuild a nation divided by war—“Lincoln” has brought in more than $25 million in box office sales. Lincoln, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, is portrayed in his last few months as he faces the trials and tribulations of his country’s fate with determination and courage. The biopic has a PG-13 rating for strong war violence, images of carnage, and strong language.

“Rise of the Guardians,” an animated story of Christmas heroes with extraordinary abilities, has brought in more than $24 million this week. Jack Frost, acting unruly and wild as usual, quickly turns his lifestyle around upon learning of the Nightmare King’s plans to rule the world and being approached by the legendary Guardians for help. This fun family flick puts a spin on the true meaning of Christmas and helps teach kids why their actions matter. It’s rated PG for thematic elements and mildly scary action.

“Life of Pi” earned $22 million this week, adding to its overall gross sales of more than $30 million. The story of a young boy who sets sail aboard a freighter to America, “Life of Pi” takes his ride into the rapid, dangerous waters of the Pacific, resulting in a shipwreck. Sixteen-year-old Pi Patel is left to fend for his life with nothing but a life raft and a Bengal tiger, orangutan, and hyena to keep him company. This film is rated PG for scary action sequences, peril, and emotional thematic content throughout.

Racking up more than $16 million in theatre box offices this week, “Wreck-It Ralph” has added to its total gross sales, totaling nearly $150 million. In this animated film, Ralph is tired of being the villain, so he decides to step up his video game action and compete with Fix-It Felix to be the hero, a task that is not nearly as easy as it seems. “Wreck-It Ralph” has a PG rating for mild violence and rude humor.

Gaining $14 million in sales this week, “Red Dawn” has made more than $22 million since hitting the big screen. The remake of “Red Dawn,” the war action film originally released in 1984, sees the citizens of Spokane, Washington, unprepared for an invasion by North Korean forces. A group of young patriots who find refuge build up their bravery and fight back. “Red Dawn” is rated PG-13 for language and intense war violence.

Movies to DVD

“Step Up Revolution” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, November 27. Aspiring dancer Emily quickly falls in love with Sean, the leader of a cutting-edge flash mob dance crew, MOB. Together they face her businessman father’s threat to develop the MOB’s historic neighborhood. The film is rated PG-13 for suggestive dancing and language.

“The Apparition” brings frightening events to the home of a young couple. The result of a university parapsychology experiment, the apparition torments Kelly and Ben, feeding on their fear. The two seek the help of a supernatural expert who may or may not be able to save them. The PG-13 rating is for frightening images and sensuality.

In “Lawless,” inspired by a true story, the infamous bootlegging Bondurant Brothers’ loyalty is tested in the era of America’s most notorious crime wave. This epic gangster film is rated R for sexuality, nudity, language, and strong bloody violence.