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Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly flops in US as Twilight finale remains top

Killing Them Softly

Story by Jack Foley

BRAD Pitt’s Killing Them Softly has flopped at the US box office, mustering only $7 million and coming in seventh spot.

The violent crime drama saw Pitt reuniting with Andrew Dominik, of The Assassination of Jesse James fame, and surrounding himself with a star-studded ensemble of established character actors, including James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta and Sam Shepard.

But audiences failed to warm to its talky tendencies or its anti-American sentiments – that despite the fact the film is great value for money!

Instead, holdover titles prevailed with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 remaining on top spot with a further $17.4 million. That figure brings its US total to $254.6 million, while world-wide the final part in the vampire franchise shot past the $700 million mark (at $702.4 million).

James Bond’s Skyfall also continued to perform well, grossing $17 million in its fourth weekend for a North American total of $246 million and a world-wide total in the $850 million range.

Awards contender Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the American president, hung on at three with $13.5 million (for a US total of $48.9 million), while animated family film Rise of the Guardians came in fourth with $13.5 million.

And rounding out the top five was Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which continued to perform ahead of expectation with $12 million for a US total of $48.4 million.

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