Tattle: Movie revenues set Thanksgiving record

PSY has topped Justin Bieber on YouTube.
PSY has topped Justin Bieber on YouTube.
Posted: November 27, 2012

EVEN AS TVs are getting bigger and the Americans who watch them are getting bigger and every down week at cinemas brings out the Chicken Littles wailing about the end of theatrical films, what do you know, people still like to go to the movies.

A vampire, a spy and a past president have combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving revenue at the box office.

Kristen Stewart's finale as Bella Swan in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was No. 1 again with $64 million during the five-day holiday stretch, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Daniel Craig's James Bond adventure "Skyfall" came in at No. 2 with $51 million, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg's Civil War saga "Lincoln" finished third with $34.1 million.

According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, the three films paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about $290 million from Wednesday to Sunday.

That tops the previous record of $273 million over Thanksgiving in 2009, when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" led the weekend.

Domestic revenues for 2012 are at $9.75 billion, putting Hollywood potentially on track for its first $11 billion year, which would beat the 2009 record of $10.6 billion, said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

"We're barreling toward a record-breaking box-office year," Dergarabedian said. "It's built on the back of just a lot of really strong movies that have come out over the past few weekends. It bodes very well for the rest of the holidays."

(But remember, past good movies are no guarantee of future good movies.)

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" raising its domestic total to $227 million. The movie added $97.4 million overseas to bring its international total to $350.8 million and its worldwide take to $577.7 million.

"Skyfall" topped $221 million domestically. With $569 million overseas, its worldwide box office has obliterated past Bond records with $790 million.

Domestic revenue for "Lincoln" passed $62 million, $25 million more than "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." The original is always better.

Newcomer "Rise of the Guardians" came in at No. 4 with $32.6 million since opening Wednesday. Close behind at No. 5 was Ang Lee's adaptation of "Life of Pi" with $30.2 million domestically since its Wednesday debut.

The weekend's other new wide release, a remake of the 1980s U.S.-invasion tale "Red Dawn," opened at No. 7 with $22 million.

The locally shot "Silver Linings Playbook," came in at No. 9 with $4.6 million, but it played in only 367 theaters.

Stoned for 50 years

In what has to go down as one of the most remarkable musical accomplishments ever, the Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary Sunday night at London's O2 Arena with guests Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck. Most of the tickets for the gig sold out within minutes.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were also joined by former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

The Stones are playing again in London on Thursday before going to the U.S. for a show in New York on Dec. 8 and in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 13 and 15.

Yeah, we know the Beach Boys are also celebrating their half-century this year, but the Beach Boys' reign as hitmakers was so much shorter than the Stones and for so much of their five-decade run it was without their founding genius, Brian Wilson.

Jagger and Richards and Watts have recorded and toured consistently since the 1960s (and Wood joined up in the early '70s). That they could stay together through all the drugs, booze, women and fights (and live this long), is really kind of unbelievable.


*  Pittsburgh will host its first movie premiere in decades when Tom Cruise returns next month for a red-carpet showing of "Jack Reacher."

The U.S. premiere will be held Dec. 15 at the SouthSide Works Cinema. The action-thriller was filmed in Pittsburgh early this year and during fall 2011.

Cruise plays a foot-shorter version of the film's title character, an investigator who looks into the case of a military sniper accused of killing five random victims.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Cruise is expected to be joined at the premiere by fellow cast members Robert Duvall and Rosamund Pike, director Christopher McQuarrie and author Lee Child. The movie is based on Child's novel One Shot.

"Jack Reacher" opens nationwide Dec. 21.

*  South Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time.

YouTube says that "Gangnam Style" had been viewed 805 million times as of Saturday afternoon, surpassing Justin Bieber's "Baby," which has had 803 million views.

A video of a baby dancing to "Gangnam Style" - or better yet, a cat - is sure to surpass a billion views.

*  British television's ITV has confirmed that "Downton Abbey" will return for a fourth season. The show's third season will premiere in the U.S. on PBS in January.

Amazingly, the show has been popular with a subset of American viewers even though it contains neither vampires nor a man dancing as if he's riding a horse.

*  Icelandic singer Bjork says she has had successful surgery to remove a vocal-cord polyp.

The good news is Bjork will be able to sing again.

The bad news is she'll still sound like Bjork.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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