Close behind at No. 5 was director Ang Lee’s shipwreck saga “Life of Pi” at No. 5 with $22 million over the weekend. The 20th Century Fox release has taken in $30.2 million domestically since its Wednesday debut and added $17.5 million in four Asian markets.
“Life of Pi” was adapted from Yann Martel’s best-selling novel about an Indian youth adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Many fans considered the introspective novel impossible to film, but Lee has charmed audiences and critics with an inspiring survival story told through dazzling 3-D images.
The weekend’s other new wide release, a remake of the 1980s U.S.-invasion tale “Red Dawn,” opened at No. 7 with $14.6 million, raising its total to $22 million since debuting Wednesday.
“Red Dawn” sat on the shelf for three years while studio backer MGM went through bankruptcy, with distributor FilmDistrict eventually picking it up for domestic release. The movie’s cast includes Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) in a story of young guerrillas battling North Korean invaders.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s “Hitchcock” opened solidly with about $300,000 in 17 theaters. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in a behind-the-scenes story of the making of “Psycho.”
The weekend’s overall strength came from a broad range of films that clicked with various audiences, from action and family fare to thoughtful drama.
“This is a marketplace that has something for everyone,” said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for 20th Century Fox. “You have something deeper like `Life of Pi,’ yet you have a very successful sequel in `Twilight’ at the same time. Adult bio-drama, if you will, in `Lincoln,’ and you have Bond. That’s the secret to a very successful and balanced marketplace.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn _ Part 2,” $43.1 million ($97.4 million international).
2. “Skyfall,” $36 million ($41.3 million international).
3. “Lincoln,” $25 million.
4. “Rise of the Guardians,” $24 million ($10 million international).
5. “Life of Pi,” $22 million ($17.5 million international)
6. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $16.8 million ($2.1 million international).
7. “Red Dawn,” $14.6 million.View Entire Story
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