Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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November 19th, 2012

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

-- Halloween may be over, but vampires reigned supreme at the box office this week. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” drew thousands of loyal fans to the theaters, bringing in over $141 million during its debut weekend and easily scooping top honors away from James Bond. Bella is embarking on a new life as a wife, mother, and vampire. However, her new family is in grave danger. Bella and her husband, Edward, have to gather powerful allies to help them defeat the ruthless Volturi. The movie has a PG-13 rating for partial nudity, sensuality, violence, and disturbing images.

Since its wide release on Friday, November 16, “Lincoln” has earned $21 million at the box office. Along with the earnings from the film’s limited release on November 9, the biopic has now brought in over $22 million. Daniel Day-Lewis shows the vulnerable and human side of the iconic president. Set during the president’s last months, the movie reveals the challenges and drama that Lincoln faced while trying to rebuild a suffering nation. “Lincoln” has a PG-13 rating for war violence, carnage, and strong language.

Continuing Films

“Skyfall” fell from its top spot in box office rankings, but is still performing well overall. The spy film earned an additional $41,500,000, with total earnings of over $161 million. While attempting to protect an important list from hostile forces, James Bond ends up uncovering complicated secrets about M’s past. He has to decide whether to stay loyal to his friend and colleague, or follow his own difficult path. The slick action movie has a PG-13 rating for mature content, language, smoking, and strong violence.

“Wreck-It Ralph” earned over $18 million, with a total that now reaches more than $121 million. Tired of being an outcast in his own arcade game, Ralph heads to another game to try his hand at winning a medal. All he wants is to become a hero instead of a villain, but Ralph soon learns that true heroism is a lot harder than it looks. “Wreck-It Ralph” has a PG rating for mild action sequences and rude humor.

“Flight” made over $8 million, adding to its overall profits of more than $61 million. Denzel Washington turns in a powerful performance as Whip, an airline pilot whose risky personal life and impulsive professional decisions finally land him at the center of a devastating mess. Whip struggles to confront his private demons and avoid the scrutiny of the press. The film’s R rating is due to an intense action sequence, nudity, mature content, substance abuse, and language.

“Argo” earned $4,070,000, with overall box office profits of more than $92 million. As CIA specialist Tony Mendez is about to learn, desperate times call for desperate measures. Drawing inspiration from a sci-fi movie, Mendez decides to pose as a movie producer, all as part of an elaborate and last-ditch effort to save six American refugees from the growing conflicts in Iran. The thriller’s R rating is due to violence and language.

During its seventh week in theaters, “Taken 2” brought in over $2 million, boosting its total profits to more than $134 million. Bryan Mills would do anything to protect his daughter, but during a trip to Istanbul, his past comes back to haunt him. Blindsided by the attack, Mills ends up in a terrifying battle for his own life and that of his ex-wife. The film has a PG-13 rating for sensuality, violence, and action sequences.

“Pitch Perfect” landed in eighth place in overall box office rankings this weekend, earning $1,260,000. Beca dreams of becoming a famous DJ, but at her new school, she ends up reluctantly settling for a gig as an a capella singer. Her casual interest turns into fiery devotion when a rivalry springs up between the school’s male and female singing groups. Since its theatrical release, the comedy has earned over $61 million. The PG-13 rating is because of language, drug references, and mature content.

Movies to DVD

“The Expendables 2” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, November 20. The sequel to “The Expendables” (2010) reunites many of the original film’s action greats, from Sylvester Stallone to Jason Statham. A group of the world’s most ruthless mercenaries may have finally met their match, but if they can manage to outsmart their nemesis, they could end up saving thousands of lives. The action-packed movie is rated R for strong bloody violence.

“Bringing Up Bobby” stars Milla Jovovich as Olive, a devoted mother whose former career as a con artist eventually lands her in hot water. When this also affects her young son, Bobby, Olive has to make difficult decisions about her son’s future and her place in his life. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to drug material, language, and mature content.