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    ‘Breaking Dawn’ leads new movies toward record year

    Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2”.
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    Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2”.

    Bella Swan, James Bond, and Abe Lincoln have combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving revenue at the box office.

    Kristen Stewart’s finale as Bella in ‘‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2’’ was number one again with $64 million over the five-day stretch that began Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.

    Daniel Craig’s Bond adventure ‘‘Skyfall’’ was number two with $51 million, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga ‘‘Lincoln’’ was third with $34.1 million.


    According to box-office tracker, the three films paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about $290 million from Wednesday to Sunday. It was a huge 25 percent jump from a year ago, when domestic revenues were a weak $232 million as some big holiday releases fizzled. With a strong December lineup ahead, Hollywood has resumed its record revenue pace for the year after a brief box-office lull in late summer and early fall.

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    Domestic revenues for 2012 are at $9.75 billion, putting Hollywood potentially on track for its first $11 billion year, which would beat the 2009 record of $10.6 billion, said Paul Der-garabedian, an analyst at Hollywood

    Released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment banner, ‘‘Breaking Dawn — Part 2’’ pulled in $43.1 million from Friday to Sunday, raising its domestic total to $227 million. It added $97.4 million overseas to bring its international total to $350.8 million and its worldwide take to $577.7 million.

    Sony’s ‘‘Skyfall’’ also topped $200 million domestically, ringing up $36 million for the three-day weekend to put its US total at $221.7 million. With $41.3 million more overseas, ‘‘Skyfall’’ raised its international revenues to $568.4 million and its worldwide sales to $790.1 million.

    ‘‘Lincoln,’’ a DreamWorks film distributed by Disney, took in $25 million over the weekend to lift its domestic revenue to $62.2 million.


    Leading the newcomers was Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s tale ‘‘Rise of the Guardians’’ at number four with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million since opening Wednesday.

    At number five was director Ang Lee’s shipwreck saga, ‘‘Life of Pi,’’ with $22 million over the weekend. The 20th Century Fox release has taken in $30.2 million domestically since its Wednesday debut and added $17.5 million in four Asian markets.

    The weekend’s other new wide release, a remake of the 1980s US-invasion tale ‘‘Red Dawn,’’ opened at number seven with $14.6 million, raising its total to $22 million since debuting Wednesday.

    ‘‘Red Dawn’’ sat on the shelf for three years while studio backer MGM went through bankruptcy, with distributor FilmDistrict eventually picking it up for domestic release. The movie’s cast includes Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) in a story of young guerrillas battling North Korean invaders.

    In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s ‘‘Hitchcock’’ opened solidly with about $300,000 in 17 theaters. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in a behind-the-scenes story of the making of ‘‘Psycho.’’


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