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Weekend Box Office: Skyfall back at #1, Flight and Anna Karenina remain in same positions

celebrated her 78th Birthday yesterday with her latest blockbuster hit Skyfall film returning to the top spot after spending 3 straight weeks at #2 and opening debut at #1, 5 weeks ago. According to Box Office Mojo, Skyfall estimated $11 million, which brings its domestic total to an incredible $261.6 million. 'Skyfall' now at $918.2 million worldwide...
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Skyfall eased 34 percent to an estimated $11 million, which brings its domestic total to an incredible $261.6 million. The movie is now a day away from passing The Amazing Spider-Man ($262 million) to become Sony's highest-grossing movie in over five years. It's also the first movie to take the top spot in its fifth weekend since How to Train Your Dragon did so in April 2010*.

If it's not clear enough already, Skyfall is easily one of the biggest box office successes of 2012. It's now on pace to wind up with around $290 million, which is over $120 million more than Quantum of Solace's previous Bond record ($168.4 million). This is a great example of strong franchise management: by bringing in a quality director (Sam Mendes) and allowing plenty of time for script rewrites (due in no small part to MGM's bankruptcy issues), the end product wound up delighting audiences in such a way that word-of-mouth was and continues to be very enthusiastic. (Box Office Mojo)  
Here's this weekend's Top 10 (via Collider) Domestic Box Office gross:

Title Weekend Total
1. Skyfall $11,000,000 $261.6
2. Rise of the Guardians $10,540,000 $61.9
3. Breaking Dawn Part 2 $9,200,000 $268.7
4. Lincoln $9,115,000 $97.3
5. Life of Pi $8,300,000 $60.9
6. Playing for Keeps $6,000,000 $6
7. Wreck-It Ralph $4,900,000 $164.4
8. Red Dawn $4,200,000 $37.2
9. Flight $3,130,000 $86.2
10. Killing Them Softly $2,748,000 $11.7

Flight (Kelly Reilly co-stars) remained at #9 for the second week in a row...

Also, just outside the top 10...and at #12 for the second week in a row, Joe Wright's Anna Karenina starring former Pride & Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.

Focus added 38 theaters for its awards contender Anna Karenina. It averaged 3,644 vs. last weekend’s $5,806.  Anna Karenina (Focus Features) Week 4 [422 Theaters] Weekend $1,537,911, Average $3,644, Cume $6,601,815 (Deadline)

Plus, In Our Nature (Jena Malone co-stars) (Cinedigm) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $4,378 (Deadline)

See full Weekend Box Office Chart here. (via Box Office Mojo)



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