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Bond is back on top at the box office

By Todd Cunningham

Five weeks after opening No. 1 with $88 million, the James Bond blockbuster "Skyfall" is back on top of the U.S. box office.

This time, the 23rd film in the 50-year-old 007 franchise claimed the weekend crown with just $11 million. While that is quite a comedown in grosses from its debut, the overall numbers for "Skyfall" keep getting more impressive.

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Its domestic total now stands at $261 million, and with another $20.3 million from overseas this weekend upping its international total to $656 million, it has an overall global gross of $918 million. That makes it the highest-grossing film released by Sony Pictures, topping "Spider-Man 3," which brought in $890 million.

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It was a slow box office weekend because the studios largely steered clear ahead of Friday's U.S. debut of "The Hobbit." Tracking and pre-sales indicate Warner Bros. is looking at a debut north of $120 million for the first installment in Peter Jackson's latest Middle Earth epic.

The weekend's only wide opener was FilmDistrict's "Playing for Keeps," and the romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler took in just $6 million to finish sixth. It's been a tough fall at the box office for Butler, whose surfing film "Chasing Mavericks" debuted to an even-worse $2.2 million in October.

DreamWorks Animation's 3D kids movie "Rise of the Guardians" was second with $10.5 million, just a 22 percent drop from last week. That's good news for the slow-starting family film, which is in its third week, and offers hope for distributor Paramount that it will play through the holidays.

There was good news from abroad, too. "Guardians" took in $26 million from 58 foreign markets, including No. 1 finishes in the U.K., France, Italy and Mexico. Its overall domestic gross is $62 million and its worldwide total is $151 million.

"Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was third with $9.2 million and in the process the finale became the franchise's highest-grossing "Twilight" film ever globally. It has brought in $268 million domestically and $482 from foreign markets for an overall worldwide gross of $751 million.

DreamWorks and Disney's Oscar front-runner "Lincoln" was in fourth place with $9.1 million, just a 34 percent drop from last week, raising its overall U.S. total to $97.3 million after five weeks. That means it will cross the $100 million mark this week, the first Stephen Spielberg-directed movie to do that since 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Ang Lee's lyrical epic "Life of Pi" also held strongly, dropping just 31 percent from last week and finishing with $8.3 million for fifth place for Fox.

Another Oscar hopeful, the Weinstein Company's "Silver Linings Playbook," took in $2.2 million from 371 locations, a 28 percent falloff from last week.

The top 10 at the box office:
"Skyfall," $11 million
"Rise of the Guardians," $10.5 million
"Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," $9.2 million
"Lincoln," $9.1 million
"Life of Pi," $8.3 million
"Playing for Keeps," $6 million
"Wreck-It Ralph," $4.9 million
"Red Dawn," $4.2 million
"Flight," $3.1 million
"Killing Them Softly," $2.7 million

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Dec 9, 2012 2:08PM
I feel bad for Stephen Baldwin it seems these actors trust accountants 2 do their jobs and in the end the actors get screwed...and Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever,,,,,
Dec 9, 2012 12:34PM
most movies were made to make a quick buck.   but fortunately for others, they will make good classics for years to come.
Dec 9, 2012 3:08PM
I recommend "Lincoln" unreservedly. 
Dec 10, 2012 4:52AM
I went to see Skyfall, mostly because I was told he used the old DB 5 Aston Martin from Goldfinger- that was just a teaser, as it was just a plot gimmick to catch geezers like me.  Maybe its a function of age, but the whole scenario was a hodge podge of old plot lines we've seen in a hundred movies.  The deranged crazy guy from Silence of the lambs, the chase and train fight from a hundred other action movies,  the race through the crowded market populated by thousands of 3rd world nobodies whose fruit stands get smashed while our heroes and villains spew tons of machine gun bullets everywhere- miraculously no one ever gets hit or run over.  The preposterous hideout at the deserted estate with clever booby traps from Magnificent Seven, Home Alone and other movies while our spy geniuses wait - vastly outnumbered- to trap the hoard of villains who attack the house like Indians from a 50's western, circling around like targets in a shooting gallery. Oh yeah- toss in the Bond Girl, the Casino scene, the self surgery etc.  This is junk food for adolescents, loud and ridiculous.  
The same weekend I took my grand daughters to see Life of Pi- It was a good movie for all 3 of us.  
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