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'Twilight' finale dominates Thanksgiving weekend

1:14 PM, Nov 25, 2012   |    comments
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are leaving their vampire roles behind. (Photo: Doane Gregory, Summit Entertainment)
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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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