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Skyfall back on top in US as Gerard Butler flops


Story by Jack Foley

RECORD breaking James Bond adventure Skyfall has shot back to the top of the US box office with $11 million, unseating final Twilight movie Breaking Dawn Part 2 into the bargain.

The Sam Mendes directed movie has now taken a total of $261.2 million in the US, while its world-wide total currently stands at $918 million. That means that Skyfall is now the highest-grossing movie released by Sony, beating previous record holder Spider-Man 3 ($890 million).

Twilight, meanwhile, made news by becoming the highest grossing title in the franchise with a world-wide total of $751.1 million, besting Breaking Dawn – Part 1‘s previous best of $712.2 million.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 came in third at the weekend box office, with $9.2 million.

Up to second was another holdover, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, which grossed $10.5 million to bring its US total earnings to $61.9 million. While those figures represent a disappointment for now, the film’s distributors are backing it to continue performing well throughout the Christmas period.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was Gerard Butler’s new romantic comedy Playing For Keeps, which came in at sixth with only $6 million.

Co-starring Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid, the soccer-themed rom-com represents Butler’s second flop in succession after surfing drama Chasing Mavericks.

Rounding out the top five instead were Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln at four, with $9.1 million, and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, with placed fifth with $8.3 million for a US total of $60.9 million.

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