The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 18, 2012

Spielberg’s done it again with ‘Lincoln’

We saw the new Steven Spielberg Civil War drama, “Lincoln,” over the weekend, and I highly recommend it.

It may be based in the 1860s, but it is as relevant today as then.

Daniel Day-Lewis seems to embody our 16th president, portraying him as a witty, even sly, yet melancholy man. In his pursuit of passage of the 13th amendment outlawing slavery, he and his supporters use all kinds of tactics to corral the needed votes. It’s not every day that you get to see what goes on in the back rooms of power.

The film expanded nationwide after a week in limited release and came in at No. 3 with $21 million over the weekend, according to The Associated Press. Distributed by Disney, “Lincoln” lifted its domestic haul to $22.4 million.

The No. 1 film at the box office was “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates reported by The AP.

The finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts and leaves “Twilight” with three of the top-10 openings, joining 2009’s “New Moon” (No. 7 with $142.8 million) and last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” (No. 9 with $138.1 million), according to The AP.

Sony’s James Bond adventure, “Skyfall,” slipped to second place with $41.5 million domestically in its second weekend. “Skyfall” raised its domestic total to $161.3 million.

The franchise’s third film starring Daniel Craig as Bond, “Skyfall” began rolling out overseas in late October and has hit $507.9 million internationally at the box office. The film’s global total climbed to $669.2 million, helping to lift Sony to its best year ever with $4 billion worldwide, topping the studio’s $3.6 billion haul in 2009.

“Skyfall” passed the previous franchise high of $599.2 million worldwide for 2006’s “Casino Royale.”

The comic drama “Silver Linings Playbook,” released by the Weinstein Co., got off to a good start in limited release, taking in $458,430 in 16 theaters for a solid average of $28,652 a cinema. By comparison, the “Twilight” finale averaged $34,717 in 4,070 theaters, The AP reported.

“Silver Linings Playbook” stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro in a quirky romance involving a man fresh out of a psychiatric hospital and an emotionally troubled young widow.

I’ve never seen the “Twilight” films, but their box-office clout speaks for itself.

However, I can highly recommend “Skyfall” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” I hope the latter film reaches our market. I saw it in September at the Toronto film festival and really enjoyed it.

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