For the third weekend in a row the final movie in the Twilight saga remains #1 in the United States, Breaking Dawn Part 2 adding another $17.4 million to its take, bringing the total up to nearly $255 million in the United States alone, and $702 million worldwide.
In its fourth weekend of release in the U.S. Skyfall remains in second place at the box office just behind it, taking in almost as much money (its $17 million just a few hundred thousand behind the Twilight film), bringing its total up to $246 million, well above the most bullish expectations expressed by industry-watchers prior to its release here - myself included.
Globally Skyfall has blazed past the $800 million mark, its worldwide take hitting $869 million. It has now surpassed Live and Let Die's inflation-adjusted earnings to wind up the third-biggest grosser in series history, after just Thunderball and Goldfinger - and it seems quite plausible that it will overtake the latter film within the next couple of weeks. Beyond that? I earlier wrote that barring a really stunning performance elsewhere, Skyfall would have to approach $300 million in the American market to get near the $1 billion mark. This is now looking ever more likely, Gitesh Pandya of Box Office Guru and Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo each recently predicting a final tally in that range.
The historical drama Lincoln, the animated film Rise of the Guardians, and The Life of Pi rounded out the top five.
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