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'Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box-office win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm •  Published: December 9, 2012

In limited release, Bill Murray's Franklin Roosevelt drama "Hyde Park on Hudson" opened solidly with $83,280 in four theaters, averaging a healthy $20,820 a cinema. By comparison, "Playing for Keeps" averaged $2,115 in 2,837 theaters.

Released by Focus Features, "Hyde Park on Hudson" stars Murray as Roosevelt, whose intimate relations with a distant cousin (Laura Linney) become both a source of strength and distraction as the president plays host to the king and queen of England on the eve of World War II.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Skyfall," $11 million ($20.3 million).

2. "Rise of the Guardians," $10.5 million ($26 million international).

3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $9.2 million ($23.5 million international).

4. "Lincoln," $9.1 million.

5. "Life of Pi," $8.3 million ($23.8 million international).

6. "Playing for Keeps," $6 million ($2.5 million international).

7. "Wreck-It Ralph," $4.9 million ($5.8 million international).

8. "Red Dawn," $4.3 million.

9. "Flight," $3.1 million.

10. "Killing Them Softly," $2.7 million ($1.4 million international).


Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. "Rise of the Guardians," $26 million.

2. "Life of Pi," $23.8 million.

3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $23.5 million.

4. "Skyfall," $20.3 million.

5. "Wreck-It Ralph," $5.8 million.

6. "26 Years," $4.3 million.

7 (tie). "Pitch Perfect," $3.9 million.

7 (tie). "Whatcha Wearin'? (My P.S. Partner)," $3.9 million.

8. "Hotel Transylvania," $3.6 million.

9. "Anna Karenina," $2.6 million.

10. "Playing for Keeps," $2.5 million.




Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.