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This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Kristen Stewart left Robert Pattinsscene from 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part

This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Kristen Stewart, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper)

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. 1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $17.4 million ($48.4 million international)

2. “Skyfall,” $17 million ($34 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $13.51 million.

4. “Rise of the Guardians,” $13.5 million ($40 million international).

5. “Life of Pi,” $12 million ($21.5 million international).

6. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $7.02 million ($1.5 million international).

7. “Killing Them Softly,” $7 million ($700,000 international).

8. “Red Dawn,” $6.6 million ($500,000 international).

9. “Flight,” $4.5 million.

10. “The Collection,” $3.4 million.

LOS ANGELES — The “Twilight” finale and “Skyfall” continued to dominate the box office on a typically slow post-Thanksgiving weekend that brought big business for holdover films but a poor start for Brad Pitt’s new crime story.

Sunday studio estimates put “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” out front for the third-straight weekend with $17.4 million domestically.

That raised the domestic total to $254.6 million for the vampire tale released by Lionsgate banner Summit Entertainment. The movie added $48.4 million overseas for an international haul of $447.8 million and a worldwide sum of $702.4 million, approaching the franchise record of $710 million for last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 2.”

Sony’s James Bond adventure “Skyfall” was a fraction behind with $17 million domestically, raising revenue to $246 million after four weekends.

“Skyfall” also brought in $34 million overseas to put its international take at $623 million and the worldwide total at $869 million, the best cash haul ever for a Bond flick.

Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly,” the weekend’s top new release, tanked with just $7 million domestically, coming in at No. 7 behind a big batch of holdovers.

The “Twilight” finale and “Skyfall” were close enough that domestic rankings could flip-flop when final numbers are released Monday. Either way, the two movies have led a brisk start to the holiday season that could lift Hollywood to record domestic revenues for the year.

“I keep upping my revenue estimates for the full end-of-year box office because it’s just been a lot stronger than anticipated lately,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

With domestic business totaling $9.9 billion so far in 2012, receipts are running 6 percent ahead of last year’s and are on track to top the record of $10.6 billion set in 2009, according to Hollywood.com.

After record revenue over Thanksgiving, business eased off, though it still was a stronger-than-usual post-holiday weekend. Domestic revenues totaled $115 million, up 42 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” led with $16.5 million.

A Weinstein Co. release, “Killing Them Softly” averaged just $2,888 in 2,424 theaters, meager results compared to the “Twilight” finale’s average of $4,344 in 4,008 cinemas over its third weekend.

Adapted from George V. Higgins’ novel “Cogan’s Trade,” “Killing Them Softly” stars Pitt as a gang enforcer on the trail of two small-time crooks who held up a mob-protected card game.

The weekend’s other new wide release, LD Entertainment’s horror tale “The Collection,” also flopped at No. 10 with $3.4 million, averaging $2,430 in 1,403 theaters.



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