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December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ticket sales at the box office looked pretty dismal last weekend, but they weren’t nearly so bad as some forecasters had predicted. In fact, they turned out to be 6 percent better than they were a year ago during the comparable weekend, when New Year’s Eve opened with $13 million. The top film this past weekend, Skyfall — which returned to No. 1 after three weeks in second place — earned just $10.8 million, according to final figures, but the next four films on the list were tightly packed behind it. The No. 2 film, Rise of the Guardians, was less than $400,000 behind, with $10.4 million, and the No. 3 film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, finished with $9.2 million. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was hot on its heels with $8.9 million, and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi was close behind with $8.3 million. None of those figures would have brought out the champagne in studio front offices, but they nevertheless represented better totals than most films tally up during the second weekend of December. The only new film introduced this weekend, Film District’s Playing for Keeps, did indeed flop with only $5.7 million, but that was no surprise. In fact it represented the high end of analysts’ predictions.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Skyfall, Sony/Columbia, $10,780,201, 5 Wks. ($261,400,281); 2. Rise of the Guardians, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $10,400,618, 3 Wks. ($61,774,192); 3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Summit/Lionsgate Co., $9,156,265, 4 Wks. ($268,691,029); 4. Lincoln, Disney/DreamWorks, $8,916,813, 5 Wks. ($97,137,447); 5. Life of Pi, Fox, $8,330,764, 3 Wks. ($60,948,293); 6. Playing For Keeps, FilmDistrict, $5,750,288, (New); 7. Wreck-It Ralph, Disney, $4,859,368, 6 Wks. ($164,402,934); 8. Red Dawn, FilmDistrict, $4,236,105, 3 Wks. ($37,240,920); 9. Flight, Paramount, $3,130,305, 6 Wks. ($86,202,541); 10. Killing Them Softly, Weinstein Co. $2,806,901, 2 Wks. ($11,830,638).