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Here's something you probably wouldn't expect given the reputation of the holiday season for creating giant movie hits. No film released the weekend after Thanksgiving has opened to more than $10 million since 2005, when that dubious honor went to Aeon Flux. This weekend won't change the pattern, as the biggest new release Killing Them Softly-- starring Brad Pitt, of all people-- made just $2.5 million Friday, putting it on track for a $7.5 million weekend. The grim gangster film from The Assassination of Jesse James wasn't exactly anticipated to be a huge hit, but that's a miserably low opening for a movie featuring a major star-- and the "F" CinemaScore from audiences sure wasn't helping.
The other new release of the week was The Collection, opening in significantly fewer theaters than Killing Them Softly and making way less money. According to Deadline the horror film made just $1.1 million Friday, and is on track for a $3.1 million weekend.
With the two new releases stumbling, that leaves the box office looking exactly like last weekend-- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 remains on top with $5.4 million on Friday, followed by Skyfall and then Lincoln. Steven Spielberg's biopic is actually the most interesting story there-- it's a two and a half hour drama about the legislative process, and it's suddenly made $84 million domestically. Who says grown-ups don't go to the movies anymore! Well, they didn't go to Killing Them Softly, which was definitely aimed at them, but you can't win 'em all.
We'll have a full box office report to you on Sunday, but in the meantime, jump in the comments and let us know what you're seeing this weekend, and if you hated Killing Them Softly as much as the audiences seemed to.