Magazine article Screen International

Skyfall Shoots Back to the Top of the UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Skyfall Shoots Back to the Top of the UK Box Office

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Latest Bond mission on brink of overtaking Avatar as the all-time champion; Breaking Dawn - Part 2 becomes eOne's biggest film ever; Ben Wheatley's critically acclaimed Sightseers opens with $342,000 (£213,014) from 92 sites.

In its sixth week, Skyfall has returned to number one at the UK box office, preventing the climactic Twilight from recording a hat-trick at the top of the charts.

The latest Bond mission added $3.6m (£2.3m) through to Sony to stand at a mammoth $150.8m (£93.8m) to date. It is now on the brink of overtaking Avatar's $149.6m (£94m) haul as the UK's all-time biggest grosser, with Skyfall set to topple that record in the coming days, if not today.

While it dropped to second, eOne's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has achieved its own record.

The climactic instalment of the popular vampire saga is now the highest grossing instalment of the series at $50.5m (£31.4m) after only 17 days in play, topping the previous series-high of $49.9m (£31.1m) taken by Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

As a result, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is also distributor eOne's best-ever performance in the UK.

This week's highest new entry belonged to Paramount's Rise of the Guardians in third.

The 3D animation notched a non-final $3.2m (£2m) from its 488 sites, a debut on par with the likes of The Pirates! ($3.5m/£2.2m from 543) and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax ($3m/£1.9m from 507), yet somewhat soft in comparison to Ice Age: Continental Drift ($16.2m/£10.1m from 553, including previews) and Brave ($8.5m/£5.3m from 553, including previews).

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