007 vanquishes the vampires; Skyfall No. 1 at U.S. box office

"Vampires? What vampires?"

“Vampires? What vampires?”

James Bond vanquished the vampires as Skyfall retook the No. 1 U.S. box office title this weekend, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The 23rd 007 film generated an estimated $11 million in ticket sales for the Dec. 7-9 weekend, ahead of Rise of the Guardians at $10.5 million and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 at $9.2 million, according to the Web site of the trade publication. Final figures will be reported Dec. 10.

Skyfall held the No. 1 spot the weekend of Nov. 9-11, when it opened. It has stayed at No. 2 behind the last film in the Twilight series about young vampires ever since. Twilight’s gap, though, had narrowed. Last weekend, Twilight’s lead was less than $1 million at $17.4 million to $16.6 million for Skyfall.

On a daily basis, Skyfall first regained the lead on Dec. 1, yielded it on Dec. 2-3 and then grabbed it back starting on Dec. 4, according to charts on the Box Office Mojo Web site.

Skyfall’s U.S.-Canada ticket sales had reached $253.7 million and $876.7 million worldwide as of Dec. 7, according to Box Office Mojo.

UPDATE: Box Office Mojo has updated Skyfall’s estimated cumulative ticket sales through Dec. 9 to $261.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and $918.2 million worldwide.

UPDATE II: Box Office Mojo has the final actual ticket sales figures for this past weekend. You can CLICK HERE to see. They were 1) Skyfall at $10.8 million 2) Rise of the Guardians, !0.4 million and 3) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 at $9.2 million.

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