Call it the lull before "The Hobbit" storm: A full month after being released, "Skyfall" returned to the top of the charts, bringing in an estimated $11 million to lead a relatively slow weekend at the box office.
And "Skyfall" wasn't the only returning film making good; there was actually nothing new in the top five at all except their finishing order, as "Rise of the Guardians" ($10.5 million) rose to second place and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" ($9.2 million) and "Lincoln" ($9.1 million) dropped to third and fourth respectively. "Life of Pi" stayed in the fifth position with $8.3 million.
There was one new national release this week, although the majority of Americans apparently didn't get that memo, as they stayed away in droves from Gerard Butler's latest flop, "Playing for Keeps." The soccer romcom managed to earn only $6 million in its opening frame, which is pretty bad but still more than his last film, the surfing drama "Chasing Mavericks," made in its entire run. Note to Gerard: If you're thinking about making a snowboarding comedy, maybe you should think again.
Of course, these box office doldrums are about to get swept away by the imminent release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which hits theaters this Friday and which kicks off a slate of high profile Christmas releases. That may put a kink in "Skyfall's" race to the $300 million mark domestically, but with the latest 007 film already holding the record as the highest grossing entry in the fifty year history of James Bond movies, at this point it's pretty much all gravy for Daniel Craig and company.
Here's a look at this weekend's full box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. “Skyfall” – $11m (our review)
2. “Rise of the Guardians” – $10.5m
3. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ – $9.3m (our review)
4. “Lincoln” – $9.1m (our review)
5. “Life of Pi” – $8.3m (our review)
6. "Playing for Keeps" - $6m (our review)
7. “Wreck-It Ralph” – $4.9m (our review)
8. “Red Dawn” – $4.2m (our review)
9.“Flight” – $3.1m
10. “Killing Them Softly” – $2.7m (our review)