Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter vs. Lincoln (2012)

5. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter vs. Lincoln (2012)

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter: $116 million worldwide on $69 million budget

Lincoln: $275 million worldwide on $65 million budget

Although receiving relatively-positive reviews, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter failed to find an audience at the box office on the weekend Disney/Pixar released Brave.  Despite boasting the director of Wanted (Timur Bekmambetov), the vampire-laden film didn’t make very much domestically. It seems the viewers overseas preferred to see an American icon mow down mythical beings. Audiences saved their pennies instead for Steven Spielberg’s sweeping, amendment-passing epic Lincoln, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis in only his second performance following There Will Be Blood. The vampire hunting Abe was played by Meryl Streep’s son-in-law, Benjamin Walker. Who do you recognize? Lincoln rounds out with a John Williams score and a supporting cast of Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, etc. Two very dynamically different films linked by one icon, divided by targeted audiences. Lincoln had the PG-13 broad appeal advantage over Vampire Hunter’s R-rated 3D undead violence. After all, what middle school kid won’t be watching Lincoln in history class for the next century?

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