Audiences Gobble Up Sequels, Originals for Record Box Office Weekend

The movie industry has plenty to be thankful for this weekend. A combination of sure-fire hits and clever originals made for an historic ticket tally.

Hollywood today is giving thanks this is now the biggest-ever moviegoing T-Day holiday: $288M for the 5 days of domestic box office, smashing 2009′s record of $258.6M. It also beat the previous all-time 5-day moviegoing record set in 2009 of $270.5M.

It certainly helped to have the final installment in a beloved franchise ("Twilight") as well as the first James Bond film in four years ("Skyfall") in the mix. Fresher fare also boosted the record numbers. The top 10 included "Lincoln," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Life of Pi," riskier fare that did their best to catch up with the competition.

It's reminiscent of the 2010 fall/winter movie season where adult-oriented dramas like "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" performed as well as sequels, reboots and remakes.


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