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“Skyfall hasn’t Fallen”

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LOS ANGELES  –  JAMES BOND blockbuster “Skyfall” climbed back on top of North America’s box office a month after opening at number one, edging out “Rise of the Guardians” in second, weekend data showed Monday.

“Skyfall,” the 23rd episode of the spy thriller series, now starring Daniel Craig as 007, earned US$10.8 million (RM33.08 million) in its fifth weekend in theatres, said industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The widely-praised Bond movie opened in top spot last month, but had been kept in the runner-up spot for the last three weeks by the last film in the “Twilight” franchise.

Second place, with US$10.4 million, went to “Rise of the Guardians,” the latest animated offering from DreamWorks featuring Jack Frost and a band of fairytale characters ganging up to save the world from the Boogeyman.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” the fifth and final installment of the wildly popular vampire series, was bumped down to third, taking in US$9.2 million.

“Lincoln” — starring Daniel Day-Lewis as 16th US president Abraham Lincoln — came a close fourth with US$8.9 million.

Parked in fifth place was “Life of Pi,” a 3D fantasy by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee based on a Booker prize-winning novel about an Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger in the Pacific. It garnered US$8.3 million.

“Playing for Keeps” — a romantic comedy starring Scottish heartthrob Gerard Butler, as well as Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Uma Thurman — entered in sixth place, with US$5.8 million.

“Wreck-It Ralph,” the animated Disney film about a video game villain aspiring to be a hero, took the seventh spot, earning US$4.9 million.

And “Red Dawn” — a new take on a 1984 movie about a group of teenagers who look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers — held steady in eighth place. It brought in just under US$4.2 million.

“Flight,” in which Denzel Washington stars as a hero pilot battling alcohol and drug problems, came in ninth, with US$3.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly,” which slipped back from last week’s seventh place. It took in US$2.8 million. — AFP