Lionsgate and Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was off to an estimated start of $71.2 million on Friday (with late Thursday night grosses also included in the total). That represents the sixth largest opening day gross of all time and was a hair below the $71.64 million Friday start of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 last November. With Breaking Dawn - Part 2 likely to be slightly more front-loaded towards Friday than Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was (due in part to the Thursday night grosses for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 being included with Friday), we are currently projecting Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to gross $135.0 million this weekend. That would rank just below the $138.12 million opening weekend take of Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
Sony's Skyfall started its second week of release with an estimated second place Friday take of $12.35 million. That represented a 59.5 percent decline from last Friday and a 138 percent increase over Thursday. With an early weekend estimate of $41.0 million, Skyfall is on course to gross $160.8 million by the end of the weekend. That would be 48 percent stronger than the $108.79 million ten-day start of 2008's Quantum of Solace and would already nearly match the $169.37 million total domestic gross of Solace.
On its first day of wide release, Disney's Lincoln took third place with an estimated $6.37 million. The Steven Spielberg directed drama from DreamWorks earned a per-location average of $3,586 for the day from 1,775 locations. With Lincoln likely skewing heavily towards older moviegoers and having a fairly long running time, it should hold up well throughout the rest of the weekend. We are currently projecting a weekend take of $20.0 million, which would bring the film's ten-day total to $21.4 million.
Fellow Disney release Wreck-It Ralph placed in fourth on Friday with an estimated $4.42 million. The 3D computer animated film is on pace to gross $18.5 million this weekend, which would place the film's 17-day total at $121.7 million.
The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook grossed $120,416 on its first day of platform release. The awards season hopeful starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence earned a daily per-location average of $7,526 from 16 locations. Silver Linings Playbook is on track to gross $400,000 this weekend and will expand into limited release on Wednesday.