It was fitting that this was Thanksgiving week because it was quite a feast at the box office as its five-day total of $288 million is the biggest ever for the holiday (beating 2009’s tally of $258.6 million).
Holdovers like Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s final installment of the “Twilight” saga “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” Daniel Craig’s gruff 007 in the latest James Bond movie “Skyfall” and Daniel Day-Lewis playing a legend in “Lincoln” topped the box office ($44.2 million, $36 million, $25.1 million, respectively). While newbies “Rise of the Guardians,” featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine and Alec Baldwin as fairy tale characters ($23.5 million); the eye-popping adaptation of best-selling book “Life of Pi” ($21.8 million); and the remake of the ‘80s cold war thriller “Red Dawn,” starring hunky stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson ($14.1 million), had sub-par three day weekends.
But there’s a lot of talent here. Let’s see who won the week.
Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Alec Bladwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher – “Rise of the Guardians”
Based on the William Joyce book, this animated action adventurer finds Jack Frost (Pine), Santa Clause (Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Fisher) and the Easter Bunny (Jackman) teaming to protect the children of the world against an evil spirit (Law).
Though critics were a bit mixed on the film, its star power brought out the crowds over the holiday week, along with some interesting stories. Baldwin spent the week talking about recovering from Sandy (his East Village apartment lost power for days) and giving his St. Nick character a kind of Boris Badenov voice. For Jackman, he spent the week talking about his next film, the much-anticipated “Les Miserables,” as well as revealing how fellow “Les Mis” star Russell Crowe helped move his career forward. The fellow Aussie actually turned down the role of Wolverine in the original “X-Men” opening the door for Jackman, and the rest is history.
The Tiger – “Life of Pi”
Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of “Life of Pi” is considered by many to be as visually stunning as “Avatar,” but this story about a boy lost at sea with a tiger has many wondering, how much is real and how much is CGI? The New York Times breaks down the creation of the tiger companion.
Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Connor Cruise – “Red Dawn”
Speaking of Aussies, there’s no one from down under hotter at the moment than Chris Hemsworth. While filming or preparing to shoot sequels to “Thor,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Avengers,” he leads a cast of young stars in the remake of “Red Dawn,” the ‘80s thriller that looks at a country invaded by a foreign power.
This week he was named the Man of the Year by his fellow countrymen in the Australian version of GQ, and he also put his name in the hat of possible actors for the new “Star Wars” films. Why not? He’s in all the other blockbusters at the moment. Then there’s Josh Hutcherson, who stopped by David Letterman to talk about the film and ended up telling how girls are showing up to his house to see the “Hunger Games” star. Life is so tough. And if you’ve seen the trailer and think Connor Cruise looks a bit young, it’s because the first major role for Tom Cruise’s son was actually shot in 2009. Since then Connor seems to have moved from the acting thing and built up a strong following as a DJ. But nice to know he has something to fall back on.
And the winner is…
Yes, there’s a lot of options here, but WWTW has got to give props to one of the holdovers: Daniel Day-Lewis.
We didn’t give much noticed to the actor’s amazing portrayal of Abraham Lincoln when Steven Spielberg’s film on the pres, “Lincoln,” opened a few weeks ago, but the film has had a steady growth, earning over $62 million to date, which is impressive amongst the Twihards that have bombarded your multiplex.
But of course, it’s Day-Lewis’ performance that is bringing the crowds. Believe it or not, he turned down the role when Spielberg initially offered it to him. But with the Brit’s metamorphosis into one of our greatest presidents, there may be no longer an argument on who is our greatest living actor (hmm, wonder if that honor is a little more flattering than the Who Won The Week prize?).