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Thanksgiving Crowds Pack Theaters; Record Revenue At The Box Office

LOS ANGELES (WWJ/AP) – What’s hot at the box office? Over the weekend, three movies combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving revenue at the box office.

Kristen Stewart’s finale as Bella in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was No. 1 again with $64 million during the five-day holiday stretch that began Wednesday. That’s according to studio estimates Sunday.

Daniel Craig’s Bond adventure “Skyfall” came in at No. 2 with $51 million, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga “Lincoln” finished third with $34.1 million.

“If you haven’t seen “Skyfall” yet, you’ll want to make tracks to your nearest movie theater,” said WWJ’s Entertainment Reporter Terri Lee. “Daniel Craig and company are absolutely fantastic in this latest film in the James Bond franchise. There’s non-stop action from start to finish — no kidding!”

According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, the three films paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about $290 million from Wednesday to Sunday. That tops the previous record of $273 million over Thanksgiving in 2009, when “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” led the weekend.

This Thanksgiving also was a huge 25 percent jump from a year ago, when domestic revenues were a weak $232 million as some big holiday releases fizzled.

With a strong December lineup ahead, Hollywood has resumed its record revenue pace for the year after a brief box-office lull in late summer and early fall.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” $43.1 million ($97.4 million international).

2. “Skyfall,” $36 million ($41.3 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $25 million.

4. “Rise of the Guardians,” $24 million ($10 million international).

5. “Life of Pi,” $22 million ($17.5 million international)

6. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $16.8 million ($2.1 million international).

7. “Red Dawn,” $14.6 million.

8. “Flight,” $8.6 million ($723,000 international).

9. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $4.6 million ($1.6 million international).

10. “Argo,” $3.9 million ($6 million international).

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