U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri Dec 7 – Sun Dec 9, 2012 (Skyfall Returns To The Top Spot, Playing For Keeps Strikes Out, Hyde Park On Hudson Strong!)

It was a pretty quiet weekend all in all over the drink this weekend.The calm before the Christmas storm. But the weekend did something happen the rarely, if ever, does. A week 5 movie reclaimed the top spot!

007 SKYFALL (3,401 screens) returned to the King of the hill for 2nd time since its release 5 weeks ago with an $11m take. This brings the films domestic total to $261.6m, which is only $7.1m off THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT 2’s gigantic gross and is about $100m higher than QUANTUM OF SOLACE’s former franchise record holding lifetime gross there.

3D RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (3,639 screens) has a solid 3rd weekend and hits its highest point since release in #2. The film took in $10.5m and has now grossed $61.9m. A lot of industry pundits have exclaimed how DreamWorks are taking a bath on this film but this weekend must be buoying for the studio heading into the holiday window. But with THE HOBBIT plundering cinemas from Friday – can GUARDIANS hold out?

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART TWO (3,646 screens) finally slips off the top spot to come back to 3rd with a $9.2m weekend gross bringing its local haul to $268.7m.  It needs another $14m to crack PART ONE, $31m to crack NEW MOON and $35m to topple record holder ECLIPSE stateside. It’s gonna be a tough call to reach any of those targets now with THE HOBBIT opening Friday.

LINCOLN (2,014 screens), the quiet achiever, continues to hold week in week out with another $9.11m gross for the weekend at #4. It’s now at $97.3m domestic gross and will cross the $100m in the next couple of days. A sensational result for the period set talky.

LIFE OF PI (2,946 screens) begins to slow for a 5th place result. Taking in another $8.3m this weekend for a lifetime cume of $60.9m the film faces huge competition this weekend as THE HOBBIT rolls out. Let’s be honest, THE HOBBIT is going to maul everything for the sheer fact that it will be on over 4,000+ screens and every IMAX in the country. LIFE OF PI is Ang Lee’s 4th highest grossing film in the U.S. behind BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN ($83m), CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON ($128m) and HULK ($132m).

PLAYING FOR KEEPS (2,837 screens) was stillborn at the U.S. box office taking only $6m for it’s opening weekend, but this wouldn’t have been unexpected as the film hadn’t been tracking well. The gentile romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta Jones Is still on the low side for a Gerard Butler rom com as THE BOUNTY HUNTER opened to $20m in 2010. From here it’ll be off screens on a domestic gross of $25m top end.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (4 screens) went out limited and raked in a $20,820 screen average – extremely strong for the period comedy drama starring Bill Murray

Figures from Collider, Box Office Mojo and Deadline.

Title Weekend Total
1. Skyfall $11,000,000 $261.6
2. Rise of the Guardians $10,540,000 $61.9
3. Breaking Dawn Part 2 $9,200,000 $268.7
4. Lincoln $9,115,000 $97.3
5. Life of Pi $8,300,000 $60.9
6. Playing for Keeps $6,000,000 $6
7. Wreck-It Ralph $4,900,000 $164.4
8. Red Dawn $4,200,000 $37.2
9. Flight $3,130,000 $86.2
10. Killing Them Softly $2,748,000 $11.7