Meanwhile, though "Rise of the Guardians" managed to works its way into the number two slot, the film is estimated to lose DreamWorks Animation $50 million due to a poor performance domestically and abroad. The picture should gain a certain level of traction given the holiday theme, but it lacked the massive opening necessary to capitalize. As such, solid week-to-week performances likely won't help this picture unless we're still in double digits by January. $100 million is still a possibility, which is something DreamWorks might aim for if they can keep it on 3D screens in the coming weeks, but "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will likely eat those up next weekend.
"Life of Pi" is holding steady, but after that solid opening, the hope was a bit of holiday-season course correction from word of mouth. As that hasn't arrived, the Ang Lee drama holds only a slim hope of reaching $100 million. Early returns suggest the film is killing it in foreign territories, specifically in Asia, but a hefty domestic number would appeal to the dimmer Oscar voters putting the film on their ballots. Expect Fox to put some extra marketing muscle behind the film to turn it into one of the holiday season's more viable family attractions.
"Wreck-It Ralph" is completing its solid theatrical performance, though internationally it hasn't exactly set the world on fire. Most animated fare holds faily well during the holiday season, so 'Ralph' might have a little extra juice left. "Red Dawn" and "Flight" close out the top ten, though "Flight" will likely stick around a bit longer, particularly if awards season heat steams around the picture. No such luck for "Killing Them Softly," which audiences soundly rejected last weekend, and it was pulverized by a F grade CinemaScore. In its second frame, the film collapsed nearly 60%, and should escape theaters relatively soon. Just outside the top ten was "Silver Linings Playbook," which stayed at 371 locations and pocketed an estimated $2.2 million.
1. Skyfall (Sony) - $11 million ($261.6 mil.)
2. Rise Of The DreamWorks Tax Write-Offs (Paramount/DreamWorks) - $10.5 million ($61.9 mil.)
3. The Twilight Saga: Break That Dawn 2 (Lionsgate) - $9.2 million ($268.7 mil.)
4. Abraham Lincoln: Golden Globe Hunter (Disney) - $9.1 million ($97.3 mil.)
5. Life Of Pi-ron Man (Fox) - $8.3 million ($60.9 mil.)
6. Playing For Keeps (FilmDistrict) - $6 million
7. Wreck-It Rufio (Disney) - $4.9 million ($164.4 mil.)
8. Yellow Scare (FilmDistrict) - $4.2 million ($37.2 mil.)
9. The Magical Pilot! (Paramount) - $3.1 million ($86.2 mil.)
10. Killing Them Softly (TWC) - $2.7 million ($11.7 mil.)