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Filmgoers Go For Leftovers On Thanksgiving Weekend - Week 4

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Wreck-It Ralph
Life of Pi
Rise of the Guardians
Red Dawn
Three new films graced theaters this weekend so people of all ages had something to give thanks for. Family could come together to see Rise of the Guardians, teens and action junkies could go to war with Red Dawn, and... uh... who exactly was Life of Pi for again? Was it just something James Cameron could praise for pushing the 3D technology that he owns and wants other people to use besides just cheep-o horror flicks like My Bloody Valentine? Was it to show the Wachowski siblings that if you're going to try an film an unfilmable book, like they tried with Cloud Atlas, this is how you do it? Was it to show Darren Aronofsky that he wasn't the only filmmaker who could use the word "Pi" in a movie title? The good news is, if it was for folks to forget Ang Lee's involvement with Taking Woodstock three years ago, don't sweat it, buddy. We didn't just forget you directed it, we forgot it even existed.

The reality is, though, that none of these films were able to topple the existing one-two punch of Breaking Dawn - Part Two and Skyfall, which is kind of like a Hawaiian Punch minus the Hawaiian setting as these films conclude in the cloud covered areas of Oregon and Scotland. Instead, they all had to wait at the kid table next to the adults and live off the scraps after Uncle Fred took all the marshmallows from the top of the sweet potatoes and Aunt Myrtle kept touching different parts of the Jell-O mold trying to pick the best piece. Then again, seeing as how there was celery in the Jell-O mold, maybe they were better off not getting a piece at all. Seriously, who has ever been cooking and said, "You know what this Jell-O needs? Celery!"

Rise of the Guardians rose the highest of the newbies with a $24 million weekend and a five-day $32.6 million total. Not exactly the almost $50 million opening Wreck-It Ralph debuted with to kick-off the holiday season. Last year's Puss in Boots began with a lackluster opening, $34.1 million, yet was able to sustain itself over the long haul to finish with almost $150 million total. Last November also featured the stiff competition of multiple Razzie winner Jack and Jill, Tower Heist, Immortals, and, the holiday classic, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. I think Puss in Zips would've probably done just as well given those heavy hitters. Rise of the Guardians is facing three triple digit grossers and may already be deflated.

Life of Pi was right behind with $22 million this weekend and a $30.2 million five-day total. As much as I joked before asking who this movie was actually for, marketers did a great job in getting people out to see a visual wonder with zero star-power. With strong word-of-mouth, this film has a chance to be one of those subtle "must see" movies that keeps percolating long into the season... and the emphasis on seeing it in 3D with the higher ticket prices certainly won't hurt the movie's final gross. At least the film avoided the life of most pies this weekend which were all gone by Thursday night.

Red Dawn is still in the red after Black Friday. With fans buying enough war bonds for $14.6 million this weekend and an even $22 million for the five-day total, this may not be enough to keep America's teenage freedom fighters afloat for long. Of course, since this film was actually made three years ago, any of the actors who may have even been teenagers at the time of the filming are assuredly collecting their social security checks as we speak. The one battle the Wolverines could never win... the fight against Father Time.

With only minor distractions from the newcomers, old favorites were able to seize the holiday weekend for themselves.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke mightily in its second weekend, as to be expected after such a massive opening. Dropping a whopping almost 70%, the fifth Twilight flick was still able to drain $43.1 million for a gushing $227 million gross in 10 days. Again, this is almost the exact same drop Part One had in its second weekend, however that film only had $220 million by this point in its reign. Unless things change, it appears Part Two will surpass Part One's $281.3 million total, though still fall short of New Moon's $296.6 million. It seems there will be no "season finale" bump for this franchise. That probably means nothing to kids these days anyway as shows like M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Seinfeld are as foreign to them as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Sophocles.

Skyfall skyfell very little with only a 12% drop. James Bond was anything but for his eyes only as $36 million more poured into MI-6 leading Skyfall to already become the highest grossing James Bond film of all-time. They might make it to a 100 years celebration in 2062 after all! Sure, Jaden Smith will have just finished his record-setting run of nine straight Bond films (he could only be the Karate Kid for so long), but Willow Smith's Bond song of "I whip my walker back and forth, I whip my walker back and forth," makes it all worthwhile.

Lincoln was surprisingly the real winner of the weekend as it gained 19% from it's opening weekend with $25 million! This was definitely the vote of confidence the 16th President of the United States was looking for as it has taxed $62.2 million so far. Given the way Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is set to collapse another 60% or so next weekend (it's about how the other films have dropped in their third weekend) and the lack of anything else major opening, it will probably be a battle of Bond, Lincoln or Pi for the #1 film of next week. Too bad those are the only options, as I used to think there was always room for Jell-O... until people started adding celery to it.

The Top Five If Today Was Martin Luther King Jr. Observance:
#1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two - $227 million
#2. Skyfall - $221.7 million
#3. Wreck-It Ralph - $149.5 million
#4. Flight - $74.8 million
#5. Lincoln - $62.2 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 11/26/2012

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Flight, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians, Skyfall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Wreck-It Ralph
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