Skyfall grossed $0.951 million on Thursday to finish in first place one last time on Thursday. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise held off Lincoln by a very slim $5,919 for the day. Skyfall fell 1 percent from Wednesday and was down 20 percent from last Thursday. Skyfall was the week's top film with a weekly take of $14.75 million and has grossed a massive $265.37 million to date domestically.
Lincoln placed in a close second with $0.946 million and in the process surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone. The Golden Globe nominee for Best Drama represents the 15th film directed by Steven Spielberg to cross the $100 million domestic mark (without taking into account ticket price inflation). Lincoln took third place for the week with $12.43 million and has grossed $100.65 million to date.
Turning to this weekend's box office, Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was off to a healthy estimated midnight start of $13.0 million. That figure was far stronger than the $8.0 million midnight start of 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (the previous record holder for a midnight start in the month of December), though to be fair midnight starts are more attended in general now than they were back in 2003. Midnight grosses for The Hobbit will be counted towards today's opening day performance. Internationally, The Hobbit has grossed $27.3 million through two days of release in select foreign markets.
Check back tomorrow and throughout the weekend for further box office updates on the box office progress of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Thanksgiving weekend releases Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians continue to experience very similar box office runs. Life of Pi finished in third on Thursday with $0.772 million, while Rise of the Guardians placed in fifth with $0.539 million. Through 23 days of release respective domestic totals stand at $64.16 million for Life of Pi and at $63.94 million for Rise of the Guardians.
Playing for Keeps rounded of its first week of release with a sixth place take of $0.415 million. The romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler grossed just $7.59 million this week, which was in line with the low pre-release expectations for the film.