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Sony’s “Skyfall” also topped $200 million domestically, ringing up $36 million for the three-day weekend to put its U.S. total at $221.7 million. With $41.3 million more overseas, “Skyfall” raised its international revenues to $568.4 million and its worldwide sales to $790.1 million.
“Lincoln,” a DreamWorks film distributed by Disney, took in $25 million over the weekend to lift its domestic revenue to $62.2 million.
Leading the newcomers was Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s tale “Rise of the Guardians” at No. 4 with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million since opening Wednesday.
Based on William Joyce’s “Guardians of Childhood” books, “Rise of the Guardians” gathers Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other mythical beings as a team of heroes battling an evil overlord.
Close behind at No. 5 was director Ang Lee’s shipwreck saga “Life of Pi” at No. 5 with $22 million over the weekend. The 20th Century Fox release has taken in $30.2 million domestically since its Wednesday debut and added $17.5 million in four Asian markets.
“Life of Pi” was adapted from Yann Martel’s best-selling novel about an Indian youth adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Many fans considered the introspective novel impossible to film, but Lee has charmed audiences and critics with an inspiring survival story told through dazzling 3-D images.
The weekend’s other new wide release, a remake of the 1980s U.S.-invasion tale “Red Dawn,” opened at No. 7 with $14.6 million, raising its total to $22 million since debuting Wednesday.
“Red Dawn” sat on the shelf for three years while studio backer MGM went through bankruptcy, with distributor FilmDistrict eventually picking it up for domestic release. The movie’s cast includes Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Josh Hutcherson (”The Hunger Games”) in a story of young guerrillas battling North Korean invaders.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s “Hitchcock” opened solidly with about $300,000 in 17 theaters. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in a behind-the-scenes story of the making of “Psycho.”