Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn Part 2 beats Daniel Craig in Skyfall and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln: Friday box office
Breaking Dawn Part 2, starring vampires Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and werewolf Taylor Lautner, beat super spy Daniel Craig's Skyfall and U.S. president Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln at the North American box office on Friday, Nov. 30. Slightly ahead of Breaking Dawn Part 1, the final entry in the Twilight movie franchise took in $5.61 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. (Image: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn Part 2.) [See also: "Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn Part 2 to Become Brazil's Top 2012 Release?"]
Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's James Bond flick Skyfall was no. 2 with $4.87 million, followed by Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln with $4.03 million. Rounding out the top five were Ang Lee's Life of Pi with $3.3 million and Peter Ramsey's DreamWorks / Paramount release Rise of the Guardians with $2.97 million.
Budgeted at a hefty $145 million – not including marketing and distribution expenses – one Wall Street analyst called Rise of the Guardians "one of the most disappointing releases in [Dreamworks'] history." After ten days, Rise of the Guardians' domestic cume stands at $38.91 million. Up to November 25, its international cume in about a dozen territories (including Russia / CIS) was $13.5 million.
Also: At no. 6 on Friday, Andrew Dominik / Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly reportedly debuted with a dismal $2.5 million at 2,424 locations, and received an "F" CinemaScore grade. At no. 10, the low-budget horror flick The Collection opened with a paltry $1.1 million at 1,403 venues.
Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall, Lincoln cast
Besides Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn Part 2 features Maggie Grace, Elizabeth Reaser, Rami Malek, Peter Facinelli, Charlie Bewley, Ashley Greene, Daniel Cudmore, Dakota Fanning, Christian Camargo, Michael Sheen, Mia Maestro, Mackenzie Foy, MyAnna Buring, Nikki Reed, Omar Metwally, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Kellan Lutz, and Billy Burke.
In addition to Daniel Craig reprising his Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace role as Agent 007, Skyfall features Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, Roy Kinnear, and Michael G. Wilson.
In Spielberg's all-but-inevitable Best Picture Oscar nominee Lincoln, all-but-inevitable Best Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis is supported by Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Jared Harris, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Lee Pace (one of the guest vampires in Breaking Dawn Part 2), Bruce McGill, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn Part 2 image: Summit Entertainment.