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James Bond does battle with Santa for top spot


February 19. 2013 9:24PM
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LOS ANGELES — 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 top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released Monday.


The weekend's only new wide release, Gerard Butler's romantic comedy Playing for Keeps, flopped with just $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 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.




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