There's no use beating around the bush here -- this was a pretty dull weekend at the box office. There was only one new release, but it was a dump that bombed rather spectacularly and the rest of the line-up is essentially the same as last week, with only a few titles shuffling around. It's the the quiet before the storm...the storm being 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' which opens in a few days.
Anyone who follows the box office will look upon this weekend's results and feel strong pangs of deja vu. Isn't this the same thing as las week?! Pretty much, yeah. The vast majority of the top ten stayed in the same position as last weekend thanks to an incredibly weak crop of new releases, making these some of the strangest box office numbers seen in 2012.
Many Americans found themselves with four days off last week, ostensibly so they could go see their family and eat turkey and celebrate Thanksgiving from the comfort of their homes. Instead, they went to the movies. In fact, this was the biggest Thanksgiving box office of all time. Congratulations, America!
As expected, the fifth and final film of the 'Twilight' series opened huge. In fact, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' had the second biggest opening of the franchise and when you consider how huge these things tend to open, that's a big accomplishment. However, this was not just a victorious weekend for Twi-hards -- just about every film in the top ten had something to cheer about.
Did anyone think 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' wasn't going to open at number one this weekend? You know what? Let's rephrase that: did anyone think it wasn't going to open huuuge this weekend? You'll definitely hear some moaning in the coming days that the climactic adventures of Bella and her supernatural boyfriends didn't break any franchise records, but it's so incredibly close that this is a non-argument. Whether it breaks records or not, the film has the sixth biggest opening day of all time, making it the fourth 'Twilight' film in the top ten opening days of all time.
'Skyfall' has become a monster hit, and is on track to be the most successful Bond film of all time (unadjusted, natch), as it's already crossed $100 Million domestically, is over half a billion worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. Now the film's stunning opening credit sequence is available online.
It was a given: 'Skyfall' was going to win the weekend no matter what. What wasn't a given was 'Skyfall' shattering the opening weekend record for its franchise and positioning itself to become the most successful film in history of the James Bond films. 007 is back and after 50 years, he's showing no signs of slowing down.
Even as Bond girls go, 'Skyfall' star Berenice Marlohe is breathtaking. The actress was born to a French mother and a Cambodian father and the results are so exotic it looks as if she were created in a lab to star in a James Bond film. But believe it or not, it wasn't exactly an easy road for Marlohe. The actress wasn't getting the parts she wanted in France, so she moved to Hollywood with no money, no friends, no agent, no publicist...no nothing. And just over a year later she's starring in one of the biggest films of the year.
So how did she do it? Wait until you hear the inspiring story of how Berenice Marlohe did everything she could - on her own - to land a part in 'Skyfall.'
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