'Breaking Dawn' box office tops 'Skyfall' for third week; 'Killing Them Softly' flops

robert-pattinson-kristen-stewart-breaking-dawn-2-tree.jpgVampires ruled the box office for the third straight weekend as "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" scored a narrow victory over James Bond's "Skyfall" at the weekend box office.

"Twilight's" estimated $17.4 million topped "Skyfall's" $17 million. "Lincoln" and "Rise of the Guardians" followed with about $13.5 million each.

The solid weekend for holdover titles helped ease the pain of two lackluster debuts: Brad Pitt's arty hit man drama "Killing Them Softly" bombed with $7 million (and a rare 'F' grade from audiences), while low-budget torture porn horror sequel "The Collection" underwhelmed with just $3.4 million.

Just under the top 10, a trio of award season players saw mixed results. "Silver Linings Playbook" found two silver linings in a considerably smaller weekend-to-weekend decline (24%) and far better per theater average than any movie in the top 10. Keira Knightley's lavish costume drama "Anna Karenina" added 318 theaters for a total of 384 but grossed a just OK $2.2 million. And Ben Affleck's "Argo" crossed the $100 million mark in its eighth weekend of release.

Top 10 box office estimates (Nov. 30-Dec. 2):

1) "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" $17.4 million, week 3, cume: $254.6 million
2) "Skyfall" $17 million, week 4, cume: $246 million
3) "Lincoln" $13.5, week 4, cume: $83.7 million
4) "Rise of the Guardians" $13.5 million, week 2, cume: $48.9 million
5) "Life of Pi" $12 million, week 2, cume: $48.4 million
6) "Wreck-It Ralph" $7 million, week 5, cume: $158.3 million
7) "Killing Them Softly" $7 million, week 1
8) "Red Dawn" $6.6 million, week 2, cume: $31.3 million
9) "Flight" $4.5 million, week 5, cume: $81.5 million
10) "The Collection" $3.4 million, week 1
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