‘Twilight,’ ‘Skyfall’ still top picks for fans
The “Twilight” finale and “Skyfall” continued to dominate the box office on a typically slow post-Thanksgiving weekend that brought big business for holdover films but a poor start for Brad Pitt’s new crime story.
Sunday studio estimates put “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” out front for the third-straight weekend with $17.4 million domestically.
That raised the domestic total to $254.6 million for the vampire tale released by Lionsgate banner Summit Entertainment.
Sony’s James Bond adventure “Skyfall” was a fraction behind with $17 million domestically, raising revenue to $246 million after four weekends.
“Lincoln” came in third at the box office this weekend with $13.51 million.
Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly,” the weekend’s top new release, tanked with just $7 million domestically, coming in at No. 7 behind a big batch of holdovers.
Letterman, Hoffman among honorees
David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists are being vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim as the late-night comedian received this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin and three other artists.
Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world gathered Sunday at the White House to salute the comedian and the band, along with Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. President Barack Obama hosted the recipients, who also were saluted by fellow performers in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.
Obama elicited laughs from his guests when he described the honorees as “some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together.”
Noting that Guy made his first guitar strings using the wire from a window screen, he quipped, “That worked until his parents started wondering how all the mosquitoes were getting in.”
The president thanked the members of Led Zeppelin for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of “hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around.”
Obama went on to note Letterman’s humble beginnings as an Indianapolis weatherman, who once reported the city was being pelted by hail ‘the size of canned hams.’”
Obama described all of the honorees as artists who “inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover something within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world.”
“It’s that unique power that makes the arts so important,” he added.