The weekend warriors for November 16, 2012 includes The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the wide release of Lincoln. A few limited release Oscar potential indie films are ready for battle, Anna Karenina and Silver Linings Playbook. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everyone can afford to see each one. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Last weekend, Skyfall dominated the battleground to claim the record for most successful James Bond film ever, hauling in over $500 million in worldwide ticket sales. Wreck-it Ralph was able to to hold down the fort as the second highest grossing film, only dropping 32% in ticket sales from its release date.
Will a Russian drama, a story about two off-kilter acquaintances or Honest Abe be able to fend off the sparkly vampires? Mr. Bond might have something to shake up the mix. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Directed by Bill Condon) Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, and Dakota Fanning
Synopsis: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
It’s pretty much a given whether or not you have decided to go see Breaking Dawn Part 2 this weekend. Although I do hear it is the best one yet, I assume there isn’t much to work with to base that fact. I have never seen a single film in the franchise, but something is telling me to go see this one just for the experience. There is no baseball or Anna Kendrick in Breaking Dawn Part 2, but there seems to be vampires with mystical powers? Worse movies are out there, but alternatives are suggested. RENT IT!
Lincoln opens wide this weekend too. As I said before, I’m not keen on Daniel Day-Lewis’ voice as Abe, but perhaps Spielberg was able to push out something far less pandering than War Horse.
As far as limited releases go, Anna Karenina is a new Russian period piece with Keira Knightley and Jude Law. Knightley is always promising in films like these so I expect a possible her to be an Oscar contender. And last but not least, Bradley Cooper and the gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence team up in Silver Linings Playbook, which is about two down and out loners who find a common bond and such. The battle between who has better eyes will be determined.
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com
Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column providing analysis of whether you should see, rent, or pass on movies that are about to release. All of my opinions are based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth.
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