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December 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In a slow weekend at the box office, Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond thriller, rose to No. 1, pushing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 to third place, behind the third week of the animated Rise of the Guardians. The numbers for each of the top three were nothing to cheer about. Skyfall made it to the top with just $11 million, according to studio estimates. Rise of the Guardians was less than $500,000 behind with about $10.54 million. And the Twilight finale placed third with just $9.20 million. Indeed, when the final tally is released on Monday it could find itself dropping behind Disney’s Lincoln with around $9.12 million, which would put it in fourth place. Rounding out the top five was Life of Pi with about $8.3 million. Only one film debuted over the weekend, FilmDistrict’s Playing for Keeps, which, as expected, flopped with just $6 million. Skyfall continued to overperform abroad, where it added another $20.3 million to its total, bringing its foreign gross to $656 million. With the $261 million it has earned domestically, it stands a good chance of topping $1 billion before the end of its run. With $918 million now on the books, it already is the highest-grossing film in Sony’s history, taking the title away from Spider-Man 3, which wound up with $890 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:

1. Skyfall, $11 million; 2. Rise of the Guardians, $10.5 million; 3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, $9.2 million; 4. Lincoln, $9.1 million; 5. Life of Pi, $8.3 million; 6. Playing for Keeps, $6 million; 7. Wreck-It Ralph, $4.9 million; 8. Red Dawn, $4.3 million; 9. Flight, $3.1 million; 10. Killing Them Softly, $2.7 million.