Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are leaving their vampire roles behind.
(Photo: Doane Gregory, Summit Entertainment)
Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Ang Lee were no match for the lusty vamps of Twilight at theaters this Thanksgiving weekend.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 cruised to the top of the box office with $43.1 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Hollywood.com.
The film, which wraps up the five-movie franchise, claimed the top spot for the second straight weekend and has done a solid $227 million in 10 days.
While the holiday provided a five-day debut for several high-profile films, including the animated Rise of the Guardians and Lee's 3-D adaptation Life of Pi, the weekend belonged to holdovers.
Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, was second with $36 million. The picture has done $221.7 million since its release Nov. 9.
Lincoln, the Steviel Spielberg biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was third with $25 million, lifting its overall gross to $62.1 million and bolstering its Oscar hopes.
Among the big newcomers, Guardians took top honors with fourth place and $24 million. Analysts projected a debut of $40 million. Critical and fan support could give the movie legs throught the holiday: 74% of reviewers liked it, compared with 83% of moviegoers, says survey site Rottentomatoes.com
Pi was fifth with $22 million and the strongest reviews of the weekend. The Oscar hopeful scored a thumbs-up from 87% of critics and 88% of audiences, Rottentomaotes.com says. Analysts projected an opening of about $13 million.
The remake Red Dawn was last among the big newcomers, taking sixth place with $14.6 million. Projections hovered around $12 million.
Final figures are due Monday.
Revenues and attendance are up about 5% over the same period last year, according to Hollywood.com.
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