Boxoffice.com's current 5-Day projections:
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 -- $63.4 million
Skyfall -- $50.1 million
Lincoln -- $34.1 million
Rise of the Guardians -- $32.6 million
Life of Pi -- $30.2 million
Wreck-It Ralph -- $22.8 million
Red Dawn -- $22.0 million
Flight -- $11.0 million
Silver Linings Playbook -- $5.6 million
Argo -- $5.2 million
There was no stopping The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and Skyfall on Black Friday as the fellow blockbusters continued to maintain their stranglehold on first and second place at the box office with respective estimated daily takes of $17.4 million and $14.75 million. Based on their Friday performances, Boxoffice.com is currently projecting three-day weekend grosses of $42.5 million for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and $35.0 million for Skyfall. By the end of the weekend Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is on pace to have brought in $226.3 million in ten days, while the 18-day total for Skyfall is set to stand at $220.7 million.
Holding up very nicely on Friday was Lincoln. The Steven Spielberg directed drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis took third place for the day with an estimated $9.98 million. We are currently projecting a three-day weekend take of $25.0 million, which would represent a very strong 19 increase over last weekend's debut and bring the film's total to $62.2 million at the end of the weekend. Lincoln also appears likely to claim the strongest per-location average among this weekend's top ten films.
Leading the way on Friday among the weekend's new wide releases was Rise of the Guardians. The 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was up a strong 150 percent over Thursday to place in fourth among all films with an estimated $9.32 million. The film is currently on course for respective three-day and five-day starts of $24.0 million and $32.6 million, which is below widespread pre-release expectations for the film. Rise of the Guardians will hope to hold up well going forward with help from the holiday season and an A rating on CinemaScore.
Also experiencing a strong increase on Friday was Life of Pi. The Ang Lee directed 3D film continued to build up early momentum as it was up 97 percent over Thursday to claim fifth place with an estimated $8.88 million. We are currently projecting respective three-day and five-day starts of $22.0 million and $30.2 million, which is stronger than was expected for Life of Pi heading into the holiday frame. In addition to strong daily holds thus far, the film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also a good sign for it going forward.
Further down on the current box office chart, Red Dawn and Silver Linings Playbook both made an impact with respective estimated Friday grosses of $6.0 million and $1.62 million. The Friday performance for Silver Linings Playbook was especially noteworthy given that the film is currently playing in a modest 367 locations. Silver Linings Playbook is set to bring in 3-day and 5-day takes of $4.3 million and $5.6 million, while Red Dawn is on course for 3-day and 5-day starts of $14.6 million and $22.0 million.