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Box office report: 'Skyfall' returns to No. 1, becomes highest grossing film in Sony history; Gerard Butler's 'Playing for Keeps' flops

In the box-office lull before the arrival The Hobbit next weekend, Skyfall returned to the number-one spot at the box office, becoming the first film since How to Train Your Dragon to lead the chart in its fifth week. It also became the highest grossing Sony release of all time. Not too shabby, Mr. Bond.

Skyfall topped the domestic rankings with an estimated $11.0 million (down a slim 34 percent from last weekend), which brings its North American total to a stunning $261.1 million. It’s difficult to adequately express how incredible — and somewhat inexplicable — Skyfall‘s run has been. The former franchise high-point for the Bond series was Quantum of Solace, which grossed $168.4 million in 2008. Skyfall has obviously crushed that total, and it still has ample life left in its run. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Skyfall' earns $3.1 million on Friday, which, sadly, is enough for first place

For the third straight weekend, the same five movies will take up the top five spots on the chart, though there’s been a switch at the very top.

As expected, Skyfall ruled the roost on Friday, kicking off what is shaping up to be the slowest weekend at the box office since the recent sad September frame, when the industry faced the lowest grosses in over a decade. The James Bond film took in $3.1 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $10.5 million weekend and a first-place ranking — a rather remarkable feat considering Skyfall is currently in its fifth weekend and has spent the last three as a runner-up to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Skyfall' set to kick 'Playing for Keeps' to the curb

As theater owners buckle down and stockpile the popcorn in preparation for The Hobbit opening on Dec. 14, it’s another quiet week at the box office, as the only new wide release is a critically reviled soccer mom rom-com (say that five times fast) called Playing for Keeps, which seems destined for box office flopdom.

Skyfall, a five-week-old movie that hasn’t been in the top spot for the last three weekends, has the best shot at reclaiming the No. 1 slot. However, we might see any of the top four films below in first place — it’s that close. Here’s how the weekend may play out.

1. Skyfall – $10.5 million

The James Bond picture, which has led the weekday box office over the past two days (and will pass $250 million domestically today), seems like the likeliest contender for No. 1. A 35 to 40 percent drop would give the action film an $10.5 million weekend. READ FULL STORY

'Playing for Keeps' trailer: Gerard Butler gets adorable kids to yell 'wankers,' adorably

In Playing for Keeps, Gerard Butler plays a former pro soccer player who’s fallen out with the mother (Jessica Biel) of his young son and is trying to make good by coaching the young tyke’s soccer team. The new trailer for the film is clearly aiming for the “heartwarming family dramedy of the holiday season” slot, so it kinda ignores the fact that all those hot soccer moms start throwing themselves at Butler’s character. As hot soccer moms are wont to do.

Check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

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