|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||1||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2||Sum.||$17,416,362||-60.1%||4,008||-62||$4,345||$254,598,866||$120||3|
|3||4||Rise of the Guardians||P/DW||$13,388,852||-43.7%||3,672||+19||$3,646||$48,836,105||$145||2|
|5||5||Life of Pi||Fox||$12,151,853||-45.9%||2,928||+1||$4,150||$48,512,994||$120||2|
|7||N||Killing Them Softly||Wein.||$6,812,900||-||2,424||-||$2,811||$6,812,900||$15||1|
|8||7||Red Dawn (2012)||FD||$6,500,245||-54.5%||2,781||+57||$2,337||$31,272,953||$65||2|
Dreadful because of movies like the Twilight franchise to cause fear among cinema-goers like me to state that there is no hope in Hollywood. The Twilight series is based on the best-selling (among females) novels written by Stephanie Meyer. And no, although the grosses match that of Harry Potter, Meyer is no JK Rowling who has written original magic-themed stories. Meyer is one lucky daughter of pulp fiction.
I read the first 10 pages of the first Twilight and it was dreadful. I can't contradict how anybody could read the approximate 500 pages of it and live to tell, unless they're actually undead, also the first 10 minutes of any part. So following Harry Potter's style of ending the franchise with two parts released of the final film, Breaking Dawn Part 2 opened up with a little over $140m in the US on a budget of $120.
As of December 4, the entire film series has made over $3b worldwide with 5 adaptations. Except for the 3rd film, all others have achieved rotten ratings from critics. Roger Ebert, my favourite critic, has also not given any of them a positive rating and his highest applause rate was 2 out of four. Some critics have given such negative reviews calling it more of a comedy than a romance phenomenon. Thankfully, Shakespeare wasn't alive to watch it.
All in all, this was the last movie and 2012 be the end of the world if there is another one. The Collection is a torture porn sequel to 2009's The Collector. Written by the creators of Saw's latter parts: Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by the former. The Collector was originally going to be a prequel of the Saw franchise but luckily the idea got dismissed, and the two screenwriters ended up with a more creative release than any of their contributed Saws.
The Collector is one my favourite 2000 decade movies. More strategically designed than many of the Saw sequels and with the titular character being a the epitome of a vehement menace. The Collector was released in a lesser number of theatres domestically but managed to carve out a worthy gross of a little over $7m on a budget of $3-3.4m. The worldwide total being $9 million.
The Collection has an amazing trailer but I can't say anything about the movie prior to watching it. With a budget of $10m it managed to do a better opening than the original with $3m. Accumulation from other countries and Blu-ray/DVD releases will managed to give it a profit though I wonder if it should've been released on Halloween to fare better at the top 10.
Killing Them Softly is another new release entering at 7. This was an unlucky one for Brad Pitt with blockbusters like Breaking Dawn 2 and Skyfall dominating the chart. Red Dawn flops at the US box office and will not even meet its budget, and is yet to be released universally. But it still has a chance to just make a tiny profit in foreign markets. It has made $31m off $65m.
B-wood thriller Talaash starring Amir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and the ever-irritating Rani Mukerjee lands on 14 with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning at 76 on 3 screens. The latter stars oldies Van Damme and Lundgren, and famous Light Heavyweight boxer Roy Jones Jr. along with The Expendables 2 villain Scott Adkins. This is the first film in the series to be filmed in 3-D although that shows no accomplishments in earnings.
That's all from me folks. Check The Collection trailer below but remember it's not for the faint of heart. And join me next week for more BO101 news and reviews. Also later on for Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit's nationwide performance that is bound to be a big one.
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)