It’s James Bond vs. Santa and Easter Bunny at box office

“Rise of the Guardians” pulled in an estimated $10.5 million.
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“Rise of the Guardians” pulled in an estimated $10.5 million.

LOS ANGELES — James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale ‘‘Skyfall’’ took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.

That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s ‘‘Rise of the Guardians,’’ the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny, and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.


The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s ‘‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,’’ which had been tops for three straight weekends. The ‘‘Twilight’’ finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s ‘‘Lincoln,’’ which was close behind with $9.1 million.

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The top movies were bunched so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released Monday.

The weekend’s only new wide release, Gerard Butler’s romantic comedy, ‘‘Playing for Keeps,’’ flopped with $6 million, coming in at No. 6.

‘‘Skyfall’’ raised its domestic total to $261.6 million and added $20.3 million overseas to bring its international take to $656.6 million. At $918 million worldwide, ‘‘Skyfall’’ has the best cash haul ever for the Bond franchise and surpassed ‘‘Spider-Man 3’’ at $890 million to become Sony’s top-grossing hit.

The ‘‘Twilight’’ finale also is a franchise record-breaker, surpassing the $710 million worldwide haul of last year’s ‘‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1.’’ The finale’s domestic total now stands at $268.7 million.


It was another traditionally quiet post-Thanksgiving weekend, with big November releases continuing to dominate in the lull before a pre-Christmas onslaught of movies.

The box office is expected to soar next weekend with the arrival of part one of ‘‘The Hobbit,’’ Peter Jackson’s ‘‘The Lord of the Rings’’ prelude. After that comes a steady rush of action, comedy and drama through year’s end, including Tom Cruise’s ‘‘Jack Reacher,’’ Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx’s ‘‘Django Unchained,’’ Seth Rogen’s ‘‘The Guilt Trip,’’ and Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe’s ‘‘Les Miserables.’’

‘‘The last couple of weeks of the year are some of the strongest every year,’’ said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker