Weekend Wrap-Up: What Happened at the Box Office?

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December 10th, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up: What Happened at the Box Office?

"Skyfall," the latest James Bond spy action movie to hit theaters, soared into first place on movie box office sales charts during the weekend of November 7, after bringing in an additional $11 million and taking its total gross profits to more than $261 million. Agent 007 has to make a tough decision after his colleague, Agent M16, loses an important list in the midst of a dangerous threat. Pressing secrets about M's past test Bond's loyalty to his friend. "Skyfall" is rated PG-13 for strong language, smoking, sexuality, and intense violent scenes.

Continuing Films

Up from last weekend, "Rise of the Guardians" has brought in an additional $10.5 million. With Christmas just around the corner, this animated holiday story has already made a total of almost $62 million. A twist on a holiday classic, "Rise of the Guardians" sees Jack Frost at odds when he suddenly has to change his attitude. After being approached by the Guardians, the frosty winter spirit, known for his not-so-nice side, must change his ways and help defend the world against the Nightmare King's disruptive plans. "Rise of the Guardians" is rated PG for thematic elements and mildly scary action.

Although its box office sales are down from last week, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" continued to enchant vampire lovers this weekend. The popular movie gained another $9,200,000 this weekend, bringing its total gross profits to $268 million, still topping "Skyfall" by about $7 million. The final film of Stephanie Meyer's hit "Twilight" series sees Bella, Edward, Jacob, and friends team up against the ruthless Volturi. "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is rated PG-13 for disturbing images, partial nudity, and mild sensuality.

Adding a little more than $9 million to its box office earnings this weekend, "Lincoln" continues to keep the memory of one of America's greatest presidents alive in theaters. President Lincoln's strength, determination, and courage never falter. Even as his end grows near, the President, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, continues to work his hardest to replenish the country's vitality amid a destructive war. "Lincoln" has a PG-13 rating for strong war violence, images of carnage, and strong language.

"Life of Pi," which gained more than $8 million in the box office this weekend, is the heart-wrenching tale of young Pi Patel, a 16-year-old boy who boards an American-bound freighter heading across the Pacific, only to find himself the victim of a shipwreck. With only a life raft and accompanied by an orangutan, hyena, and Bengal tiger, Pi faces a scary struggle to stay alive. This touching story, based on Yann Martel's novel, is rated PG for scary action sequences, peril, and emotional thematic content throughout.

In theaters for its first weekend, the touching sports comedy "Playing for Keeps" brought in a promising $6 million. In this fun flick, a former soccer star takes on the role of coach in an attempt to mend a broken father-son relationship. Upon accepting the position, little does he know that he'll soon have all the soccer moms swooning. Despite getting drawn into the dating game, he must keep his feet on the field and his focus on his original goal. "Playing for Keeps" is rated PG-13 for a brief intense image, some sexual situations, and language.

Gaining $4,904,000 this weekend, "Wreck-It Ralph" has now made a total profit of more than $164 million. Video game villain Ralph would give anything to switch positions with hero Fix-It Felix, and in this animated film, he steps out of his game at the arcade one night in an attempt to do just that. Playing the part of a hero is not simple, though, as Ralph soon realizes. "Wreck-It Ralph" has a PG rating for rude humor and mild violence.

Movies to DVD

Bring a new level of laughs to your home theater with "Ted" on Tuesday, December 4. The result of a childhood wish, a teddy bear comes to life and refuses to leave adult John Bennett's side in this unforgettable comedy. The movie is rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and some drug use.

Fun for the whole family, "Ice Age: Continental Drift" will be available this week for viewing at home in 3D. In the fourth of the films featuring everyone's favorite furry friends, Manny, Diego, and Sid's continent is set adrift and they explore a whole new world, with many twists and turns, aboard an iceberg ship. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" is. It's rated PG for action/peril and mild rude humor.

This week, you can bring home "Backwards," a sports romance that sees a competitive 30-year-old rower on the brink of a mid-life crisis as she once again doesn't make it into the Olympics and must make other plans. This touching film is rated PG for some mild language.