UK Box Office

Not many films find themselves topping the box office chart on the sixth week of release, but that is exactly what Skyfall has just achieved, elbowing aside The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 after its two-week reign at the summit. With a reasonable drop of 41% from the previous weekend, Skyfall posted three-day takings of £2.28m for a 38-day total of £93.77m. With Monday and Tuesday box office now announced by Sony, the film has achieved 40-day takings of £94.28m, overtaking previous UK record holder Avatar (£94.03m). Mild ticket-price inflation favours the Bond film, but Skyfall has reached its awesome tally without the benefit of 3D premium prices. Now all eyes are on whether Skyfall can be the first film to crack £100m at UK cinemas.

With £31.37m after 17 days of play, the second Breaking Dawn instalment is the sixth film this year to crack £30m, alongside Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers, Ted and Ice Age 4. The latest Twilight has already set a high bar for the franchise, having overtaken Breaking Dawn – Part 1, with £30.8m.

The Christmas battle

Last Christmas, a five-way fight for the family audience saw Arthur Christmas face off against fellow animations Puss in Boots and Happy Feet 2, plus hybrid Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and live-action feature Hugo. This time around, competition looks less intense, with only Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! and Rise of the Guardians in the race so far. The latter title, from DreamWorks, opened on Friday, delivering a weekend haul of £1.97m. That’s almost exactly the same as Puss in Boots’s debut of £1.98m last December, suggesting the festive adventure could be on-target to match the Shrek spinoff’s total of £15.1m.

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