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It's Never Darkest Before This Breaking Dawn - Week 3

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Wreck-It Ralph
In response to the previous question of whether The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 would break down or break up from previous Twilight totals, it appears the answer was... break even? Was that even an option? And if so, how come I never thought of that pun earlier? I feel like Phineas and Ferb's Dr. Doofenshmirtz shouting, "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!" whenever this series is in the movie pools. Whenever I think this franchise is going to take a turn in either direction, it just keeps going straight!

The farewell tour for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 began pretty much the same as Breaking Dawn - Part 1. Numero Dos had the sixth largest opening day ever with $71.2 million (yes, it made more than most movies ever make in just a single day), yet that was behind Numero Uno's $71.6 million and New Moon's $72.3 million. Are we sure they haven't given permission to attempt movie cloning yet? These results are way too similar and consistent. They're like the Taylor Swift of movies.

The party didn't end there as the final weekend tally for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was a skin-glittery $141.3 million. This total was actually higher than Part One's $138.1 million and a smidge smaller than New Dawn's $142.8 million. I thought series always jumped the shark after the protagonists got married and especially after they have children. Not the case here as both happened in the two-part season finale and the fans kept coming back for more. These Millennials are throwing out all the old rules! Now the classic saying is like, "Those who forget the past are doomed to ignore it."

Abraham Lincoln proved to be about as successful a vampire hunter in the fall as he was this summer. Which is to say, not a very good one. While the former president had no impact on the undead, Lincoln was able to secure $21 million in his first full weekend. This is close to the $25 million Flight was able to debut with as another film catering mostly to older adults. While not near the heights Saving Private Ryan was able to achieve in 1998, the "long con" could be in play for the film if it can continue chipping away at decent totals from weekend to weekend. Remember, we all know how well Honest Abe could handle an ax.

Skyfall more like Skyplateaued in its second weekend. Dropping an understandable 53% after its high altitude start, the film has almost already reached the totals of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace in merely 10 days. It makes you almost want to forget that Adele's deal with the Bond producers was that her title song couldn't be included on the album soundtrack or in future Bond Song compilations. Oh wait, I don't want to forget that at all! Look, lady, in 20 years when people have no idea who you are, just like no one remembers Lulu who sang The Man With The Golden Gun, all they want is to be able to hear your tune as a reward for having just sat through Another Day to Die by Jack White and Alicia Keys. Is that too much to ask? Are you telling me there's something a-ha could do that you can't? They couldn't even capitalize their name!

Wreck-It Ralph and Flight kept their game on and stayed on schedule as they each slipped 44.5% and 41.7% respectively. While their descents are similar, their totals are not as Ralph has almost double Flight's manifest. The Wreck-It Ralph arcade is going to be able to keep its lights on a little longer after a $121.5 million gross while Flight is being moved to a smaller terminal after hauling in $61.3 million. Flight may not have been grounded, yet it definitely has not been cleared for take-off.

The Top Five If Today Was Martin Luther King Jr. Observance:
#1. Skyfall - $161.3 million
#2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two - $141.3 million
#3. Wreck-It Ralph - $93.6 million
#4. Flight - $61.3 million
#5. Lincoln - $22.4 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 11/19/2012

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Flight, Lincoln, Skyfall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Wreck-It Ralph
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