New Films Struggle on Record Weekend

'Rise of the Guardians' can't crack the top 3

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 25, 2012 2:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Woe to those who go up against vampires and James Bond—not to mention Abe Lincoln. Holdovers ruled the box office this holiday weekend, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 winning easily ($43.1 million), followed by Skyfall ($36 million) and awards hopeful Lincoln ($34.1 million), says the Hollywood Reporter. Animated kids' flick Rise of the Guardians—about the Easter Bunny, Santa, and other childhood figures battling evil—fared poorly for a DreamWorks Animation film ($32.6 million).

Life of Pi did surprisingly well, banking $22 million at home and a strong $17.5 million abroad, taking first place in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and India. Brisk domestic business made this the top-grossing Thanksgiving weekend ever, at $290 million—easily outpacing the $270.5 million made in 2009.

This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from Life of Pi.
This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from "Life of Pi."   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows  Bunnymund, voiced by Hugh Jackman, left, and North, voiced by Alec Baldwin in a scene from Rise of the Guardians.
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Bunnymund, voiced by Hugh Jackman, left, and North, voiced by Alec Baldwin in a scene from "Rise of the Guardians."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation)
This publicity film image released by Walt Disney Pictures shows Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film Lincoln.
This publicity film image released by Walt Disney Pictures shows Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film "Lincoln."   (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, David James)
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