The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 grossed $11.77 million on Tuesday to continue to lead the daily box office. The fifth and final installment of the blockbuster fantasy franchise increased 17 percent over Monday's performance. In comparison, last year's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 increased 12 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $11.00 million, while 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon increased 8 percent to gross $11.33 million. With a massive $162.93 million five-day start, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is running 2.5 percent ahead of the $158.98 million five-day start of Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and just 1 percent behind the $164.67 million five-day take of New Moon. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is widely expected to remain in first place over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Skyfall continued its impressive box office run on Tuesday with a second place take of $5.64 million, which represented a 41 percent increase over Monday and a 22 percent decrease from last Tuesday. In the process the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise surpassed the $168.37 million total gross of 2008's Quantum of Solace yesterday to become the highest grossing James Bond film ever domestically without taking into account ticket price inflation. Skyfall has grossed $170.585 million to date and will zoom past the $200 million domestic mark over the upcoming weekend.
Lincoln held steady in third place with $3.16 million. The Steven Spielberg directed drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis was up 28 percent over Monday. Lincoln has grossed $28.08 million after five days of wide release and an additional week of platform release. In comparison, last year's War Horse grossed $26.03 million during its first five days of release (which spanned from a Sunday through Thursday during the post-Christmas season). Lincoln will be opening in an additional 243 locations today, which brings the film's new location count to 2,018.
Fellow Disney release Wreck-It Ralph finished in fourth with $2.81 million. The 3D computer animated film was up 45 percent over Monday and up a healthy 93 percent over last Tuesday thanks to the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. The 19-day total for Wreck-It Ralph stands at $126.50 million, placing the film 12 percent ahead of the $112.91 million 19-day take of 2010's Megamind.
Flight rounded out the day's top five with $1.16 million. The Denzel Washington vehicle directed by Robert Zemeckis was up 37 percent over Monday and down 12 percent from last Tuesday. Flight has grossed $63.52 million in 19 days, which is 3 percent stronger than the $61.97 million 19-day gross of 2010's Unstoppable.