Weekend Box Office: Twlight Breaking Dawn Sucks What's Left From Fans' Wallets
Most people, when you tell them they're going to have to pay twice as much to get what they want, are likely to yell at you. Twilight fans? They just get more excited and happily hand over the cash. Stretching the final chapter in the sparkly vampire saga into two chapters gave Summit the irresistible chance to take the franchise cash cow for an extra spin. And why not? It worked out pretty well for Harry Potter.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the second half of the end of the franchise, may not have marked the top of the financial heap for the franchise, but it came close. With a $141 million debut it fell just shy of New Moon's $142 million franchise record opening in 2009. And now, fans can shed their final tear of sorrow at the franchise's departing, and the rest of us can shed our final tears of joy for the same reason... until Stephenie Meyer decides the creepy young half-vampire child and her even creepier imprinted werewolf babysitter/future lover need their own spin off.
Lincoln widened to 1,700+ venues but despite massive critical review the presidential biopic was heavily eclipsed by the vampires, settling for third place and just $21 million. Here's hoping when the movie where he actually has to win out over the vampires rolls out, he'll be a little more successful.
Given Twilight's competition this weekend, and the fact that a wide range of new movies are rolling out for next week's holiday rush, it's likely Lincoln has hit its stride at the box office for now. But given the Oscar buzz around the movie it's possible it might see a resurgence when Award's season rolls around.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
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