Sony's latest Bond film "Skyfall" nabs the top spot in the box office and breaks records, while "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" drops to third place.
The latest James Bond movie, "Skyfall," nabbed the top spot in the week's box office making the spy thriller the highest-grossing film released by Sony, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Daniel Craig film has earned $261.2 million domestically and roughly $918 million worldwide due to its extensive international appeal.
In Summit Entertainment's "Skyfall," which was helmed by "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes, Craig reprises his role as James Bond. The movie sees Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator.
In second place is the animated fantasy "Rise of the Guardians" which earned $10.5 million over the week domestically, bringing its worldwide to $90.5 million. The film premiered Thanksgiving weekend to an amount that The Hollywood Reporter noted was the lowest debut for a DreamWorks Animation title in recent history, placing the film in the fourth place spot in its debut week. The film made the jump to second place, and beat out tough contenders "Twilight" and "Lincoln."
The film tells a story about the "guardians," which consists of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman, who enlist Jack Frost to stop Pitch from engulfing the world in darkness. The movie was released on November 21.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" reportedly earned $9.2 million over the week to take the third place spot for the first time since its release, according to the magazine. The film nabbed the top spot after its initial release on November 17, earning $71.2 million of its now $751.1 million worldwide. The movie also broke a record, becoming the highest-grossing title in the franchise with its current worldwide total.
In the movie, Bella, now a vampire, and Edward fight the Volturi to protect their child Renesmee, who is a half vampire/half human hybrid. The Volturi set out to kill the Bella and Edward's daughter after they are led to believe Renesmee is an immortal child - a child who was turned into a vampire - which goes against vampire rule, since immortal children are considered unpredictable and uncontrollable.
In fourth place is the biopic "Lincoln," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. The film earned $9.1 million throughout the week, and has earned an impressive $97.3 million domestically so far.
Rounding out the top five, according to the magazine, is the adventure drama film "Life of Pi," which earned around $8.3 million in its third week, bringing its global total to more than $100 million. The movie, which is based on a 2001 bestselling novel by Yann Martel, follows the adventures of an Indian boy who is lost at sea with a Bengal tiger.
Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler's romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps" debuted in sixth place, marking another box-office flop for Butler whose recent surfing drama, "Chasing Mavericks," also didn't go over too well with audiences, according to the magazine.
Watch the trailers for "Skyfall," "Rise of the Guardians," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Lincoln," and "Life of Pi" below.