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Twilight Leads Record Box Office Weekend

26 November 2012

Twilight leads the way in record-breaking weekend at the US box office as Breaking Dawn – Part 2 beats Bond to the top of the Thanksgiving pile.

Moviegoers on the other side of the Atlantic stuffed themselves on a feast of films this weekend as box offices registered record takings over the Thanksgiving period. 

In all $290million (around £180million) was taken at the box office during the holiday weekend, easily breaking the previous record set in 2009. Top of the festive pile however was Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which scooped more than $64million on its way to securing top spot in the US charts for the second week in a row. 

Edward and Bella beat Bond into second place on their way to the top, but nevertheless Skyfall continued to live up to its billing as the highest grossing film in the franchise’s history by adding another $51million to its coffers. 

Steven Spielberg's awards-tipped Lincoln finished third with an impressive haul of $34.1million, whilst Ang Lee’s much anticipated Life of Pi was a surprise hit grossing nearly $30million over the five-day period.

It wasn’t a happy holiday for all of this week’s releases however. Festive flick Rise of the Guardians finished a disappointing fourth at the box office after posting takings of just $32.6million at the box office, the lowest debut for a DreamWorks animation in recent memory.