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BOX OFFICE REPORT (NOV. 30-DEC. 2): 'Twilight' Remains No. 1 While Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' Flops

This was a weird weekend at the box office. After a massive Thanksgiving weekend haul, things ...




This was a weird weekend at the box office. After a massive Thanksgiving weekend haul, things naturally fell back to Earth. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 remained No. 1, holding the top spot for the third weekend in a row. The rest of the top five remained the same, with Skyfall, Lincoln, Rise of the Guardians and Life of Pi all holding onto their positions from last weekend. The biggest box office story is the flop of Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly. The film debuted at No. 7, making only $7 million. Dominik and Pitt make great movies together (see The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Crawford if you haven't yet), but they can't seem to find a box-office hit.

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (1)
$17.41 million ($254.59 million)
Breaking Dawn 2 currently ranks No. 4 among the five Twilight movies, pulling in $254.59 million over three weeks. Can the final Twilight movie join The Twilight Saga: Eclipse as the only installments to cross the $300 million mark?


2. Skyfall (2)
$17.00 million ($246.04 million)
After four weekends in release, Skyfall has passed every James Bond box office record possible. Globally, the film is about $130 million short of hitting $1 billion, and with its release in China still to come, Skyfall should make that happen.

3. Lincoln (3)
$13.51 million ($83.70 million)
With this past weekend's box office numbers, Lincoln becomes Steven Spielberg's highest-grossing movie since 2008's Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. The director is a big fan of his "one for me/one for them" philosophy when it comes to picking his projects, and that definitely shows up in his box office track record.

4. Rise of the Guardians (4)
$13.50 million ($48.95 million)
With Rise of the Guardians failing to catch fire with moviegoers, you have to wonder if DreamWorks could have better positioned the movie by releasing it closer to Christmas. Yeah, I know that a bunch of holidays are represented in the movie, but Alec Baldwin's version of Santa Claus could've taken advantage of our severe lack of Santa Clause sequels.

5. Life of Pi (5)
$12.00 million ($48.36 million)
It's always great to see Oscar contenders doing well at the box office. I caught a screening of Life of Pi on Saturday, and the theater was pretty full. The Oscars need movies like this that fans can root for (and  give people a reason to watch the televised ceremony).

Next week's predictions:
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2
2. Skyfall
3. Lincoln
4. Playing for Keeps
5. Life of Pi

SOURCE: Box Office Mojo
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BIll's Top Movies of 2013

Popculturology Editor in Chief Bill Kuchman is keeping a running list of his top movies of the year. If he sees a movie that has a 2013 release date (in theaters or on home media), it gets ranked here.

1. Gravity*
2. American Hustle*
3. The Spectacular Now*
4. The Way, Way Back*
5. The Place Beyond the Pines*
6. All Is Lost*
7. The Wolf of Wall Street*
8. Dallas Buyers Club*
9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty*
10. Captain Phillips*

Didn't make the Top 10:
Prisoners*, Don Jon*, Frozen*, The World's End*, Blue Jasmine*, Saving Mr. Banks*, Lee Daniels' The Butler*, Philomena*, Drinking Buddies, This Is the End*, Monsters University*, Mud*, Iron Man 3*, Star Trek Into Darkness*, Oblivion*, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug*, Thor the Dark World*, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues*, Elysium*, Pacific Rim*, Man of Steel*, World War Z*, Out of the Furnace*, The Wolverine*, Now You See Me*, 42*, The Great Gatsby*, Spring Breakers*, About Time*, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2*, Warm Bodies*, We're the Millers*, Ender's Game*, The Family*, The Hangover Part III*, Admission*, Kick-Ass 2*, 2 Guns*, White House Down*, Olympus Has Fallen*, Pain & Gain*, Arthur Newman*, Oz the Great and Powerful*, The Bling Ring*, Bad Grandpa*, The Counselor*, Last Vegas*, Side Effects*, G.I. Joe: Retaliation*, The Heat*, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone*, Identity Thief*, Gangster Squad*, Carrie*, Delivery Man*, Riddick*, The Lone Ranger*, Snitch*, Jack the Giant Slayer*

Movie count (as of 1/1): 70
An asterisk denotes a film that was seen in theaters.

It's January, so this list is almost done. Gotta pick up a few final films that got released late in 2013.