Sony's Skyfall grossed $5.19 million to continue to lead the daily box office on Thursday. That represented a 6 percent decline from Wednesday's performance. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise was the week's top film with $117.64 million and has grossed $119.84 million to date. Skyfall is currently running a very impressive 46 percent stronger than the $82.08 million seven-day start of Quantum of Solace, while Thursday's gross for Skyfall was 70 percent stronger than the $3.05 million first-Thursday gross of Quantum of Solace. That is a very strong sign for Skyfall as it heads into its second weekend of release.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 launched with an estimated $30.4 million from late Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. As of yet, no break-down has been released separating Thursday grosses from Friday grosses, so it is likely that the entire figure will be counted towards Friday's opening day gross. In comparison, last year's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 launched with an estimated $30.25 million at midnight (without the help of additional 10 PM screenings). Check back throughout the weekend for updates on the box office progress of Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
Wreck-It Ralph rounded out its second week in theatres with $1.08 million on Thursday. Disney's 3D computer animated film was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. Wreck-It Ralph placed in second for the week with $42.53 million. That was down just 30 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a very solid $103.17 million. Wreck-It Ralph is running 11 percent stronger than the $93.30 million two-week take of 2010's Megamind.
Paramount's Flight fell 4 percent from Wednesday to gross $0.97 million on Thursday. The Denzel Washington vehicle directed by Robert Zemeckis fell 47 percent from last Thursday. Flight took third place for the week with $20.05 million. That was down 39 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at $52.72 million. Flight could stabilize more than other films this coming week as a result of expanding into an additional 565 locations today.
On the platform front, Disney's Lincoln grossed $89,279. The Steven Spielberg directed drama from DreamWorks grossed $1.42 million this week while playing in just 11 locations. Lincoln expands into wide release today and will be playing in 1,775 locations.