Rise Of The Guardians battle at US box office
Rise Of The Guardians battle at US box office...
Bond is in a box office photo finish with Santa Claus
and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last
slow weekend of the holidays.
to studio estimates on Sunday, Sony's Bond tale Skyfall
took in $US11 million ($A10.54 million) to move back
to No.1 in its fifth weekend.
put it narrowly ahead of Paramount's Rise of the Guardians,
the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny
and other mythological heroes that pulled in $US10.5
two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment's
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which had
been top for three straight weekends.
Twilight finale earned $US9.2 million, slipping into
a tight race for No.3 with Disney's Lincoln, which
was close behind with $US9.1 million.
top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings
could change once final weekend revenues are released
weekend's only new wide release, Gerard Butler's romantic
comedy Playing for Keeps, flopped with $US6 million,
coming in at No.6.
raised its domestic total to $US261.6 million and
added $US20.3 million overseas to bring its international
income to $US656.6 million. At $US918 million worldwide,
Skyfall has the best cash haul ever for the Bond franchise
and surpassed Spider-Man 3 at $US890 million to become
Sony's top-grossing hit.
Twilight finale also is a franchise record-breaker,
surpassing the $US710 million worldwide haul of last
year's Breaking Dawn - Part 1. The finale's domestic
total now stands at $US268.7 million.
of the Guardians led the international box office
with $US26 million, followed by 20th Century Fox's
Life of Pi at $US23.8 million.
was another traditionally quiet post-Thanksgiving
holiday weekend, with big November releases continuing
to dominate in the lull before a pre-Christmas onslaught
box office is expected to soar next weekend with the
arrival of part one of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's
The Lord of the Rings prelude.
that comes a steady rush of action, comedy and drama
through year's end, including Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher,
Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx's Django Unchained,
Seth Rogen's The Guilt Trip and Hugh Jackman and Russell
Crowe's Les Miserables.
last couple of weeks of the year are some of the strongest
every year,' said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for
box office tracker Hollywood.com
are on the cusp of some really huge box office. There's
a lot of money still left in the year despite this
slow period right now.'
domestic revenues have topped $US10 billion so far
this year, with the industry expected to finish 2012
ahead of the all-time high of $US10.6 billion set
savagely by critics, FilmDistrict's Playing for Keeps
stars Butler as a washed-up soccer star trying to
reconnect with his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and young
son. The all-star cast includes Catherine Zeta-Jones
and Uma Thurman as soccer mums with the hots for Butler.
limited release, Bill Murray's Franklin Roosevelt
drama Hyde Park on Hudson opened solidly with $US83,280
in four theatres, averaging a healthy $US20,820 a
cinema. By comparison, Playing for Keeps averaged
$US2115 in 2837 theatres.
by Focus Features, Hyde Park on Hudson stars Murray
as Roosevelt, whose intimate relations with a distant
cousin (Laura Linney) become both a source of strength
and distraction as the president plays host to the
king and queen of England on the eve of World War