Twilight sinks teeth into box office

Monday, November 26, 2012

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LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — Bella Swan, James Bond and Abe Lincoln have combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving revenue at the box office.


Kristen Stewart's finale as Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 was Number 1 again with US$64 million during the five-day holiday stretch that began Wednesday, according to studio estimates yesterday.


Daniel Craig's Bond adventure Skyfall came in at Number 2 with US$51 million, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg's Civil War saga Lincoln finished third with US$34.1 million.


According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, the three films paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about US$290 million from Wednesday to yesterday.


That tops the previous record of US$273 million over Thanksgiving in 2009, when The Twilight Saga: New Moon led the weekend.


This Thanksgiving was also a huge 25 per cent jump from a year ago, when domestic revenues were a weak US$232 million as some big holiday releases fizzled.


With a strong December line-up ahead, Hollywood has resumed its record revenue pace for the year after a brief box-office lull in late summer and early fall.


Domestic revenues for 2012 are at US$9.75 billion, putting Hollywood potentially on track for its first US$11 billion year, which would beat the 2009 record of US$10.6 billion, said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.


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