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'Skyfall' regains No. 1 slot as 'Twilight' slips to third

Sunday, December 9, 2012
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— James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale “Skyfall” took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.

That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians,” the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.

The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which had been tops for three-straight weekends. The “Twilight” finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s “Lincoln,” which was close behind with $9.1 million.

The weekend’s only new wide release, Gerard Butler’s romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps,” flopped with $6 million, coming in at No. 6.

“Skyfall” raised its domestic total to $261.6 million and added $20.3 million overseas to bring its international income to $656.6 million. At $918 million worldwide, “Skyfall” has the best cash haul ever for the Bond franchise and surpassed “Spider-Man 3” at $890 million to become Sony’s top-grossing hit.

The “Twilight” finale also is a franchise record-breaker, surpassing the $710 million worldwide haul of last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1.” The finale’s domestic total now stands at $268.7 million.

“Rise of the Guardians” led the international box office with $26 million, followed by 20th Century Fox’s “Life of Pi” at $23.8 million.

It was another traditionally quiet post-Thanksgiving weekend, with big November releases continuing to dominate in the lull before a pre-Christmas onslaught of movies.

The box office is expected to soar next weekend with the arrival of part one of “The Hobbit,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” prelude. After that comes a steady rush of action, comedy and drama through year’s end, including Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher,” Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx’s “Django Unchained,” Seth Rogen’s “The Guilt Trip” and Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe’s “Les Miserables.”

In limited release, Bill Murray’s Franklin Roosevelt drama “Hyde Park on Hudson” opened solidly with $83,280 in four theaters, averaging a healthy $20,820 a cinema.

Released by Focus Features, “Hyde Park on Hudson” stars Murray as Roosevelt, whose intimate relations with a distant cousin (Laura Linney) become both a source of strength and distraction as the president plays host to the king and queen of England on the eve of World War II.

Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com.

The Top 10

1. “Skyfall,” $11 million

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $10.5 million

3. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $9.2 million

4. “Lincoln,” $9.1 million

5. “Life of Pi,” $8.3 million

6. “Playing for Keeps,” $6 million

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $4.9 million

8. “Red Dawn,” $4.3 million.

9. “Flight,” $3.1 million

10. “Killing Them Softly,” $2.7 million

 
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