‘Twilight’ clings to top North America box office slot
LOS ANGELES — The final “Twilight” vampire movie held on for a third week to the top spot at the North America box office, narrowly holding off the latest James Bond effort, figures released Monday showed.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” the fifth and final installment of the wildly popular series, took in $17.4 million, said industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, pushing the film’s three-week total past $254 million.
The previous four films, based on novels by Stephenie Meyer and starting in 2008, earned a colossal $2.4 billion.
In second spot was the Bond movie “Skyfall,” which earned $16.6 million on its fourth weekend — it has grossed more than $245 million since its US opening.
Almost tied in third were “Rise of the Guardians,” DreamWorks’s latest animated offering featuring Jack Frost, and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, each with a whisker under $13.4 million.
Day-Lewis has been tipped as a likely Oscar nominee for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the critically-acclaimed biopic of the assassinated 16th president of the United States.
Holding on to fifth place, 3D fantasy “Life of Pi” by Oscar-winning Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee, based on a Booker prize-winning novel about an Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat in the Pacific, earned $12.2 million.
In sixth place was “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Disney film about a video game villain aspiring to be a hero, at $6.9 million.
It was followed closely by new entry “Killing Them Softly,” starring Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer, which took in a disappointing $6.8 million.
In eighth place was “Red Dawn,” an updated take on a 1984 movie, about a group of teenagers who look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. It took in $6.5 million.
And at number nine was “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, who is also drawing Oscar buzz for his role as a crash-landing hero pilot with drink and drug problems. It pulled in $4.5 million.
Rounding out the top 10 was horror flick “The Collection,” about a man who escapes the vicious grip of a serial killer and is blackmailed to rescue a girl from the killer’s clutches, which debuted with $3.1 million in ticket sales.