Skyfall grossed $1.186 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. In the process the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise cleared the $250 million domestic mark. Skyfall is the first James Bond film to reach the $250 million milestone in unadjusted grosses and the fourth film of the franchise to reach the milestone in terms of grosses adjusted for ticket price inflation (the previous three being way back in time with 1964's Goldfinger, 1965's Thunderball and 1967's You Only Live Twice). Skyfall finished in a close second for the week with $21.59 million. That was down 50 percent from the previous week and brings the film's four-week domestic total to $250.62 million.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 finished in a close second place with $1.142 million. The blockbuster fantasy sequel trailed Skyfall by a very slim $44,375 and was ahead of Lincoln by an even slimmer $10,134 for the day. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was the week's top film with a weekly take of $22.35 million. That was down 58 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $259.53 million. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is currently running a hair stronger than the $259.36 million three-week take of 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Lincoln placed in third with $1.132 million. The Steven Spielberg directed drama fell 2 percent from Wednesday and was down 38 percent from last Thursday. Lincoln took third place this week with $18.03 million. That was down 45 percent from the prior week and brings the film's domestic total to a stronger than expected $88.22 million. Lincoln is now just $11.78 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Life of Pi grossed $0.94 million to remain in fourth, while Rise of the Guardians grossed $0.61 million to continue to round out the day's top five. Life of Pi slightly outpaced Rise of the Guardians this week with a weekly take of $16.26 million compared to $15.93 million for Guardians. Through 16 days of release Life of Pi has grossed $52.62 million. In those same 16 days Rise of the Guardians has grossed $51.37 million; separating the two Thanksgiving releases by just $1.24 million thus far. Given its appeal with family audiences and its holiday theme, Guardians is likely to move back ahead of Life of Pi during the weekend.
Killing Them Softly rounded out its first week in theatres with $0.449 million on Thursday. That represented a sharp 11 percent daily decline from Wednesday. After experiencing surprisingly solid daily holds on Monday and Tuesday, the crime drama starring Brad Pitt has clearly lost momentum on Wednesday and Thursday. Killing Them Softly finished in sixth for the week with a softer than expected seven-day start of $9.02 million.