The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
After five weeks in release, James Bond returned to first place in North America with weekend ticket sales of $11 million for Skyfall. The Sony Pictures and MGM release currently has a domestic total to date of $261.6 million. Internationally, Skyfall grossed an estimated $20.3 million this weekend, bringing the film’s overseas total to $656.6 million. Skyfall has now taken in $918 million worldwide – the highest-grossing film ever released by Sony Pictures, beating Spider-Man 3‘s $890 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians climbed a spot to second place domestically with $10.5 million, for a total of $61.9 million after three weeks. Overseas, the movie added $26 million from 58 markets for an international total of $90.5 million. Worldwide, Rise of the Guardians has brought in $152.7 million so far.
Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 dropped two spots to third place its fourth weekend. The last installment in the franchise added $9.2 million to push its domestic total to $268.7 million. “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ became the highest-grossing movie in the franchise this weekend with a global gross of $751.1 million, surpassing the previous record of $712.2 million set by “Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ last year.
DreamWorks Pictures’ Lincoln remained in fourth place with $9.1 million to take its five-week total to $97.3 million, while Twentieth Century Fox Film’s Life of Pi stayed in the fifth spot with $8.3 million and took its three-week total to $60.9 million. The Ang Lee film has also earned $105.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $166.6 million.
The only new wide release this weekend was FilmDistrict’s Playing for Keeps, starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid. Debuting in 2,837 theaters, the romantic comedy earned $6 million in sixth place, an average of just $2,115 per theater.
Focus Features also released Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, in just four theaters where it earned $83,300, or an average of $20,825 per site.
Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.