Coming to movie theaters this weekend? A limited amount, apparently, as the folks in Hollywood are still celebrating the success of already-released films. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn– Part II, for instance, is showing no signs of breaking down at the box office ($577.7 million worldwide at last count) as new films patiently wait to make their big-screen debut before 2012 rides off into the cinematic sunset. With so few wide releases opening this weekend, one can only surmise that studio executives were too wrapped up in making deals during Cyber Monday to worry about releasing new films on Cinema Friday (also known as opening day at the weekend box office). One lone superstar, in the form of the one and only Brad Pitt, is Killing Them Softly as a hitman whose looks could kill, but will he make a killing on the cinematic landscape? Will the equally easy on the eyes Bradley Cooper, with his Silver Linings Playbook firmly in hand, reach the Top 5 after opening at #9 last week? Will the Skyfall for Daniel Craig, a.k.a. James Bond, this week or will he continue his motion picture rise? Will Lincoln’s movie reign be cut short? And what about the problem-plagued Life of Pi? Does it have a chance of sailing past last week’s #5 spot, demonstrating that ocean voyages are both picturesque and profitable? Last but not least, can Santa and his Christmas cohorts climb from their #4 post in their quest to protect all things yuletide in the Rise of the Guardians?
The guys with the big box-office calculators are gearing up to answer all of these questions and more in due Hollywood time.
Until then, from seaside, Santa-loving days to scintillating, Star-powered nights, Stay tuned!