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Twilight, Skyfall top US charts for third straight week

Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 topped the US and international charts for the third week in a row.

Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 once again topped US and international charts in its third week of release, earning $17.4 million at home and $48.8 million abroad. This latest drop in the bucket brings its international total gross to $447.8 million, besting the previous Twilight franchise record of $430.9 million for Breaking Dawn Part 1.
 
Skyfall finished just short of Twilight in the US with $17 million in its fourth week. Internationally, the spy caper finally fell to third place with $34 million, ousted by holiday film Rise of the Guardians. Skyfall now has an international total gross of $623 million which is $200 million more than the previous James Bond record, for Daniel Craig’s first outing, Casino Royale.
 
Rise of the Guardians opened internationally to $40 million. Though it ranked high on the holdover-dominated weekend, its numbers still disappointed for a release in 56 territories. The film placed fourth at home with $13.5 million in its second week.
 
Spielberg-helmed historical drama Lincoln continued as a favourite among adults and placed third in the US with $13.5 million in its fourth week. The Oscar bait picture is poised for a late January release in the UK, and has only played in the US as of yet.
 
Life of Pi rounded out the top five in the US with $12 million in its second week. The epic best-selling book adaptation came in fourth internationally with $21.5 million, a healthy figure given its release in only 12 territories so far.
 
Sixth in the US was Wreck-It Ralph, holding on strong in its fifth week with $7 million. Newcomer 26 Years took fifth place internationally with $5.2 million. The film is a South Korean animated picture based on a popular cartoon web series.

Internationally, Ben Affleck’s Argo placed sixth with $4.1 million. Though it is already out of the top ten in the US and earned only $2 million at home on the weekend, the historical thriller made news by finally crossing the $100 million mark for US sales, now with a gross total of $101 million at home.

Brad-Pitt starring crime thriller Killing Them Softly made an appropriately soft debut in the US all the way down at number seven, earning $7 million for the weekend. The film marks the second collaborative effort between Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik, who also worked together on box office disaster The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which took in $3.9 million during its entire run. This is one of Pitt’s worst openings ever.

Saw-esque sadist horror flick The Collection fared even worse in its first US outing with $3.4 million and ranked tenth. This is on par with its predecessor The Collector which saw $3.57 million in its first weekend.
 
Oscar-hopeful indies Silver Linings Playbook and Anna Karenina continued in limited release in the US, making $3.3 million and $2.23 million, respectively.
 
Next week’s major US release is romantic comedy Playing for Keeps starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, while indie darling Celeste and Jesse Forever and kung fu spoof The Man with the Iron Fists will make their UK debuts.

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