In an off week at the box office, it was the battle of three holdover releases, with all of the new films dropping well down the charts. From Killing Them Softly‘s lukewarm 7th place finish to horror film The Collection, it was not a great weekend to be new to theaters. The films with previously built success — from the wildly passionate fanbase film (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2) to the one with a half-century of history (Skyfall) to the one with Oscar written all over it (Lincoln) — were the ones that brought home the bank in an otherwise warm weekend.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 led the pack with $17.4 million, bringing its total gross to $254 million here in the US. Right on its heels was Skyfall at a cool $17 million in its fourth week of release, bringing its domestic total to $246 million and its international total to a nice, round $869 million. It is now the highest grossing James Bond film of all-time. Sliding into third place was the $13.5 million dollar man, Mr. Lincoln. Steven Spielberg’s latest is now above $83 million in the US. That’s a win for the Republican party. Or wait, maybe not…

Next week brings the Gerard Butler-led romantic comedy Playing for Keeps to the table. It’s also my birthday week. So if you do anything useful with your time, go see Lincoln, Skyfall or Silver Linings Playbook instead of the other stuff that’s currently out. Think of it as your birthday present to me.

Read Our Reviews of Films in Theaters (click the posters below):

Killing Them Softly Reviewed by Jack Giroux The Collection reviewed by Brian Salisbury Lincoln reviewed by Kate Erbland Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 reviewed by Rob Hunter

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