‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2’ Is Tops, ‘Skyfall’ No. 2 as Thanksgiving Box-Office Booms

With the Thanksgiving box office on a record pace, "Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2" is on track for $65M and "Skyfall" could hit $50M; "Rise of the Guardians" tops openers

Last Updated: November 22, 2012 @ 10:18 PM

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is making the Thanksgiving box-office race a runaway before the turkeys are out of the oven. Summit Entertainment’s franchise finale is on pace for a five-day total of nearly $65 million after taking in an estimated $12.8 million Wednesday.

The overall box office is looking very strong and could be headed to go as high as $275 million for the five days, which would top the previous best Thanksgiving weekend, 2009’s $258.6 million.

Sony’s “Skyfall” looks to have the No. 2 spot secured, with a strong $7.3 million Wednesday that gives it a shot at $50 million over the holiday weekend.

DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” brought in $4.9 million Wednesday and will get a word-of-mouth boost after receiving an “A” CinemaScore from first-day audiences. A five-day total of around $33 million, at the low end of expectations, is likely.

Disney’s “Lincoln” is looking at fourth place after taking in $4.2 million Wednesday, which projects to around $30 million for the long weekend.

“Red Dawn,” the FilmDistrict remake of the 1984 war film, debuted to $4.4 million Wednesday and is on pace for a better-than-expected $24 million for the five days.

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The weekend’s other wide opener, Fox’s Ang Lee epic “Life of Pi,” took in roughly $3.7 million in its debut Wednesday. That makes a five-day total of around $28 million likely.

Disney’s animated “Wreck-It-Ralph” also did around $3.5 million Wednesday, putting it on pace for a five-day total north of $20 million in its third week.

The Weinstein Company’s Oscar hopeful “Silver Linings Playbook” took in $656,000 from 367 screens, up from 16 in its debut last week, putting it on pace for a five-day total of $6 million.