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December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The competition for the top two spots on the weekend box-office list did not turn out to be quite so close as studio estimates had indicated on Sunday. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 placed first, as predicted, with $17.42 million, but Skyfall, which Sony thought would be a close challenger with $17 million, actually wound up with $16.56 million. The competition for the third- and fourth-place films did indeed turn out to be as close as predicted. In fact, when ticket sales were tallied, the two films, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians and Disney/DreamWorks’ Lincoln, ended up in reverse order, with Guardians taking third place with $13.39 million and Lincoln fourth place with $13.38 million. Fox’s The Life of Pi rounded out the top five with $12.2 million. The newcomers flopped. The Brad Pitt starrer Killing Them Softly from the Weinstein Company took in just $6.81 million, and the horror flick The Collection from upstart distributors LD Entertainment collected $3.10 million. Overall, it was a very good week for the box office, given the fact that this is ordinarily a very slow weekend. It was up a whopping percent from the comparable weekend a year ago, when the second week of Breaking Dawn — Part 1 led with $16.54 million. It was an even bigger weekend overseas, where the Twilight finale earned $48.4 million, to bring its worldwide total to $702.4 million and where Skyfall picked up $34 million to bring its worldwide tally to $869 million.

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. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Summit/Lionsgate, $17,416,362, 3 Wks. ($254,598,866); 2. Skyfall, Sony/Columbia, $16,555,894, 4 Wks. ($245,585,083); 3. Rise of the Guardians, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $13,388,852, 2 Wks. ($48,836,105); 4. Lincoln, Disney/DreamWorks), $13,376,696, 4 Wks. ($83,566,169); 5. The Life of Pi, Fox, $12,151,853, 2 Wks. ($48,512,994); 6. Wreck-It Ralph, Disney, $6,948,550, 5 Wks. ($158,184,813); 7. Killing Them Softly, Weinstein Co. $6,812,900, (New); 8. Red Dawn, Filmdistrict, $6,500,245, 2 Wks. ($31,272,953); 9. Flight, Paramount, $4,479,067, 5 Wks. ($81,465,903); 10. The Collection, LD Entertainment, $3,104,269, (New).