'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Leads on Thanksgiving Day

on November 23, 2012 by Daniel Garris
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Please note that because of the Thanksgiving holiday, today's grosses are currently estimates. Actuals for Thursday (and Wednesday) will be reported on Monday.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and Skyfall continued to claim first place and second place respectively on Thursday. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 fell 37 percent from Wednesday (which represented a fairly normal Thanksgiving Day decline for a Twilight film) to gross an estimated $8.05 million. Skyfall increased 3 percent over Wednesday to gross an estimated $7.68 million for the day. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has grossed $183.8 million through one week of release, while Skyfall has grossed $185.7 million in just over two weeks of release.

Life of Pi led the way among this weekend's three new wide releases on Thanksgiving Day with an estimated $4.53 million. The Ang Lee directed 3D film was up a strong 24 percent over Wednesday.  On the other hand, Rise of the Guardians and Red Dawn both fell 23 percent from Wednesday, with respective Thursday grosses of $3.73 million and $3.24 million. Given its appeal with family audiences, Rise of the Guardians should rebound in a much bigger way than Red Dawn today, though the 3D computer animated film is on pace to fall short of widespread expectations over the holiday frame.

Estimated two-day totals stand at $8.6 million for Rise of the Guardians, at $8.2 million for Life of Pi and at $7.4 million for Red Dawn.

Boxoffice.com's 3-Day (Fri-Sun) and 5-Day (Wed-Sun) projections based on grosses for Wednesday and Thursday:

Breaking Dawn - Part 2: $43.0 million (3-day) / $63.9 million (5-day)

Skyfall: $33.0 million (3-day) / $48.1 million (5-day)

Rise of the Guardians: $23.5 million (3-day) / $32.1 million (5-day)

Lincoln: $22.0 million (3-day) / $31.1 million (5-day)

Life of Pi: $20.0 million (3-day) / $28.2 million (5-day)

Wreck-It Ralph: $16.5 million (3-day) / $22.8 million (5-day)

Red Dawn: $14.0 million (3-day) / $21.4 million (5-day)

Flight: $7.2 million (3-day) / $10.0 million (5-day)

Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the Thanksgiving weekend box office.

Tags: Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi, Skyfall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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