Lionsgate and Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 debuted with a massive estimated $141.3 million take this weekend. The fifth and final installment of the blockbuster fantasy franchise delivered the eighth largest opening weekend performance of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and the tenth largest adjusted opening weekend of all-time when taking ticket price inflation into account. The $141.3 million start for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was just above the $138.12 million start of last year's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and just below the $142.84 million start of 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
After opening with $71.9 million on Friday, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 went on to generate an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 1.97 to 1. That was nearly on par with the 1.96 to 1 ratio of New Moon and slightly stronger than the 1.93 to 1 ratio of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which was somewhat surprising given that Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had a bit of an extra advantage on Friday by opening at 10 PM on Thursday night. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 earned an A rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (79 percent) and was evenly split between moviegoers under 25 and moviegoers over 25.
Internationally, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has already grossed $199.6 million thus far. That places the film's worldwide launch at $340.9 million. Key international debuts this weekend included $24.4 million in the United Kingdom, $20.3 million in Russia, $19.0 million in Brazil, $16.4 million in France, $12.7 million in Australia, $12.4 million in Italy, $11.8 million in Spain and $11.8 million in Mexico.
Sony's Skyfall took second place with an estimated $41.5 million. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise fell a notable 53 percent from last weekend's impressive debut, but that also represented a stronger second weekend hold than that of 2008's Quantum of Solace, which fell 60 percent to gross $26.71 million in its second weekend of release. Skyfall has grossed $161.34 million to date, which places the film 48 percent ahead of the $108.79 million ten-day take of Quantum of Solace and already nearly matches the $169.37 million total domestic gross of Solace.
On the international front Skyfall grossed $49.6 million this weekend. The film has now grossed $507.9 million internationally, with $133.4 million of that total coming from the United Kingdom (the film is the second highest grossing film of all-time in the Untied Kingdom, behind only Avatar). With a worldwide total of $669.2 million, Skyfall now boasts the highest worldwide gross of any James Bond film in history.
Disney's Lincoln placed in third this weekend with an estimated $21.0 million. That represented a very solid performance for the Steven Spielberg directed drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis in its first weekend of wide release. Playing in 1,775 locations, Lincoln earned a per-location average of $11,831 for the frame. After opening with $6.37 million on Friday, Lincoln held up well throughout the weekend and went on to earn an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.30 to 1. That is a strong sign for the film going forward, as is the A rating it received on CinemaScore and the fact that the film is aimed towards older moviegoers. After last week's platform start, Lincoln has now grossed $22.42 million through ten days of release. Last year War Horse grossed $18.70 million during its first three days of wide release (which spanned from a Sunday through Tuesday during the Christmas season).
Fellow Disney release Wreck-It Ralph grossed an estimated $18.3 million to take fourth. The 3D computer animated film fell 45 percent from last weekend's performance, which was inflated a bit from Veterans Day falling last Sunday. Wreck-It Ralph has grossed $121.48 million in 17 days, placing it 11 percent ahead of the $109.31 million 17-day take of 2010's Megamind. Internationally, Wreck-It Ralph grossed $4.8 million this weekend. The early international total for Wreck-It Ralph stands at $35.7 million, bringing the film's worldwide total to $157.2 million.
On the platform front The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook and Focus' Anna Karenina were off to respective starts of $458,430 and $315,395. With both films launching in 16 locations, Silver Linings Playbook earned a per-location average of $28,652 this weekend, while Anna Karenina earned a per-location average of $19,712. Silver Linings Playbook will expand into limited release on Wednesday.
Please note that the currently listed estimate of $1.15 million for Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a BoxOffice.com estimate and is not an official estimate from distributor Yash Raj Films. That would be good enough for the film to finish towards the bottom of this weekend's top ten.