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December 2, 2012

'Twilight,' 'Skyfall' remain top picks for fans

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After record revenue over Thanksgiving, business eased off, though it still was a stronger-than-usual post-holiday weekend. Domestic revenues totaled $115 million, up 42 percent from the same weekend last year, when "Breaking Dawn — Part 1" led with $16.5 million.

A Weinstein Co. release, "Killing Them Softly" averaged just $2,888 in 2,424 theaters, meager results compared to the "Twilight" finale's average of $4,344 in 4,008 cinemas over its third weekend.

Adapted from George V. Higgins' novel "Cogan's Trade," ''Killing Them Softly" stars Pitt as a gang enforcer on the trail of two small-time crooks who held up a mob-protected card game.

The weekend's other new wide release, LD Entertainment's horror tale "The Collection," also flopped at No. 10 with $3.4 million, averaging $2,430 in 1,403 theaters.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $17.4 million ($48.4 million international)

2. "Skyfall," $17 million ($34 million international).

3. "Lincoln," $13.51 million.

4. "Rise of the Guardians," $13.5 million ($40 million international).

5. "Life of Pi," $12 million ($21.5 million international).

6. "Wreck-It Ralph," $7.02 million ($1.5 million international).

7. "Killing Them Softly," $7 million ($700,000 international).

8. "Red Dawn," $6.6 million ($500,000 international).

9. "Flight," $4.5 million.

10. "The Collection," $3.4 million.

Sunday studio estimates put "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" out front for the third-straight weekend with $17.4 million domestically.

That raised the domestic total to $254.6 million for the vampire tale released by Lionsgate banner Summit Entertainment. The movie added $48.4 million overseas for an international haul of $447.8 million and a worldwide sum of $702.4 million, approaching the franchise record of $710 million for last year's "Breaking Dawn — Part 2."

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