'Skyfall' back on top of N. America box office

LOS ANGELES- James Bond blockbuster "Skyfall" climbed back on top of North America's box office a month after opening at number one, edging out "Rise of the Guardians" in second, weekend data showed Monday.
"Skyfall," the 23rd episode of the spy thriller series, now starring Daniel Craig as 007, earned $10.8 million in its fifth weekend in theaters, said industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The widely-praised Bond movie opened in top spot last month, but had been kept in the runner-up spot for the last three weeks by the last film in the "Twilight" franchise.
Second place, with $10.4 million, went to "Rise of the Guardians," the latest animated offering from DreamWorks featuring Jack Frost and a band of fairytale characters ganging up to save the world from the Boogeyman.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," the fifth and final installment of the wildly popular vampire series, was bumped down to third, taking in $9.2 million.
"Lincoln" -- starring Daniel Day-Lewis as 16th US president Abraham Lincoln -- came a close fourth with $8.9 million.
Parked in fifth place was "Life of Pi," a 3D fantasy by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee based on a Booker prize-winning novel about an Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger in the Pacific. It garnered $8.3 million.
"Playing for Keeps" -- a romantic comedy starring Scottish heartthrob Gerard Butler, as well as Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Uma Thurman -- entered in sixth place, with $5.8 million.
"Wreck-It Ralph," the animated Disney film about a video game villain aspiring to be a hero, took the seventh spot, earning $4.9 million.
And "Red Dawn" -- a new take on a 1984 movie about a group of teenagers who look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers -- held steady in eighth place. It brought in just under $4.2 million.
"Flight," in which Denzel Washington stars as a hero pilot battling alcohol and drug problems, came in ninth, with $3.1 million.
Rounding out the top 10 was Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly," which slipped back from last week's seventh place. It took in $2.8 million.

Tuesday, December 11th 2012

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