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Final Twilight and Skyfall lead US Thanksgiving box office

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

THE final instalment in The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has topped the US box office over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.

The film took $43.1 million for the three days and $64 million for the five days, bringing its US total to $227 million after two weeks of release and its international one to $577.7 million world-wide.

Sam Mendes’ 007 movie Skyfall came in second, grossing $36 million for the three days and $51 million for the five days to shoot past the $200 million mark – the first Bond film to do so in the US.

In a weekend of generally strong box performances, one of the biggest surprises was that new DreamWorks Animation Rise of the Guardians failed to open big.

Rather, the film’s five-day opening of $32.6 million marked the lowest debut for a DreamWorks Animation title in recent memory despite good reviews and another star vocal line-up, including Chris Pine, High Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law.

DreamWorks will be hoping that the film gains traction in recent weeks and will cite The Polar Express as another poor starter that went on to find massive success.

Rise of the Guardians opened in fourth spot behind awards contender Lincoln, which enjoyed a five-day gross of $34.1 million and $25.1 million for the weekend itself. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the famous American President and is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which over-performed to post a three-day total of $22 million and a five-day take of $30.2 million – almost beating Rise of the Guardians.

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