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Skyfall, Breaking Dawn Part 2

Columbia Pictures; Summit

It was Thanksgiving. Hollywood feasted.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall led a record-setting holiday-weekend box office that saw a solid start for Oscar-contender Life of Pi, a great expansion for Oscar-frontrunner Silver Linings Playbook and a less-bad-start-than-expected for the long-shelved Red Dawn remake.

The new and presumed final Twilight movie led the way with the franchise's biggest second weekend ever: $43.1 million, per estimates.

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Breaking Dawn Part 2 upped its domestic total to $227 million. Worldwide, it zoomed past the half-billion mark, raising its overall total to $577.7 million and counting.

Skyfall put on its own demonstration with a fantastic $36 million Friday-Sunday, virtually even with last weekend's performance. Domestically, the word-of-mouth-driven blockbuster is now the highest-grossing James Bond of all-time, with $221.7 million and, yes, counting. Its latest worldwide total is $494 million.

Other highlights from a weekend of highlights:

  • Steven Spielberg's Lincoln continued to look like a popular Oscar contender with a fat $25 million Friday-Sunday.
  • Bradley Cooper's and Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook, which opened last weekend on 16 screens, added about 350 locations, and stormed the Top 10, with a $4.6 million Friday-Sunday that loomed large despite the comedy-drama's still-tiny overall number of theaters.
  • Life of Pi, which opened everywhere and in 3-D in some places, put up a $22 million weekend; the grownup-skewing fantasy-adventure has grossed $30.2 million since opening Wednesday. All in all, a bigger start than the one by the grownup-skewing fantasy-adventure named Hugo, which opened on the same weekend last year.
  • Red Dawn ($14.6 million Friday-Sunday) made slightly less in its opening than Chris Hemsworth's The Avengers and Josh Hutcherson's The Hunger Games, but forecasters had figured the teen-army film, shot three long years ago, would make even less. One fun factoid: Red Dawn played best in the red states.  

The new animated family entry, Rise of the Guardians, lost the expectations game with a $24 million Friday-Sunday. Since opening the day before Thanksgiving, the reputedly $145 million film has grossed $32.6 million domestically.

In limited release, Keira Knightley's Anna Karenina ($831,732 Friday-Sunday) vied for a Top 10 spot on the strength of just 66 screens. Two other Oscar hopefuls, Hitchcock and Rust and Bone, impressed in their debuts: The Anthony Hopkins vehicle grossed $300,800 from just 17 theaters; the Marion Cotillard French film took in $30,196 from two locations.

Overall, this was Hollywood's biggest Thanksgiving box office on record, for both Wednesday-Sunday and Friday-Sunday grosses.

Here's the rundown of the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday domestic estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, $43.1 million
  2. Skyfall, $36 million
  3. Lincoln, $25 million
  4. Rise of the Guardians, $24 million
  5. Life of Pi, $22 million
  6. Wreck-It Ralph, $16.8 million
  7. Red Dawn, $14.6 million
  8. Flight, $8.6 million
  9. Silver Linings Playbook, $4.6 million
  10. Argo, $3.9 million