The biggest Thanksgiving moviegoing weekend—EVER – a 30% increase over 2011’s turkey days.
Box offices around North America registered a record setting $290 million in ticket sales.
Topping the onslaught at theaters was the continued strength of the final episode in the Twilight saga. BREAKING DAWN–PART 2 scoring another $ 64 million in ticket sales.
Coming in # 2 this holiday weekend was Daniel Craig as James Bond in SKYFALL with an additional $51 million.
Daniel Day-Lewis as LINCOLN earned the bronze medal with $34.1 million during those five days of extreme moviegoing.
If there was one major disappointment at the movies this past holiday weekend it had to be DreamWorks Animations’ family flick RISE OF THE GUARDIANS at $32.6 million. It mightily underperformed earlier industry projections of $55 million.
Limited new national release titles included SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro with an impressive 3-day per screen average of $12,600 and Anthony Hopkins as HITCHCOCK averaging $17,700 per theater since its limited roll out Friday.
HITCHCOCK widens its release pattern to include Kansas City on December 7.
You can catch my review of that movie here this Friday.
Should the boffo Thanksgiving moviegoing trend hold through the coming Christmas release period 2012 could go down as a record breaking year at the box office.