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Kristen Stewart’s finale as Bella in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn _ Part 2” was No. 1 again with $64 million during the five-day holiday stretch that began Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That tops the previous record of $273 million over Thanksgiving in 2009, when “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” led the weekend.
This Thanksgiving also was a huge 25 percent jump from a year ago, when domestic revenues were a weak $232 million as some big holiday releases fizzled.
With a strong December lineup ahead, Hollywood has resumed its record revenue pace for the year after a brief box-office lull in late summer and early fall.
Domestic revenues for 2012 are at $9.75 billion, putting Hollywood potentially on track for its first $11 billion year, which would beat the 2009 record of $10.6 billion, said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
“We’re barreling toward a record-breaking box-office year,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s built on the back of just a lot of really strong movies that have come out over the past few weekends. It bodes very well for the rest of the holidays.”
The “Twilight” finale, “Skyfall” and “Lincoln” finished in the same top-three rankings for the second-straight weekend as new releases were unable to dislodge the holdovers.
Released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment banner, “Breaking Dawn _ Part 2,” pulled in $43.1 million from Friday to Sunday, raising its domestic total to $227 million. The movie added $97.4 million overseas to bring its international total to $350.8 million and its worldwide take to $577.7 million.
Sony’s “Skyfall” also topped $200 million domestically, ringing up $36 million for the three-day weekend to put its U.S. total at $221.7 million. With $41.3 million more overseas, “Skyfall” raised its international revenues to $568.4 million and its worldwide sales to $790.1 million.
Leading the newcomers was Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s tale “Rise of the Guardians” at No. 4 with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million since opening Wednesday.
Based on William Joyce’s “Guardians of Childhood” books, “Rise of the Guardians” gathers Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other mythical beings as a team of heroes battling an evil overlord.
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