Hollywood had cause to give thanks this holiday
weekend, as box office sales in US cinemas brought in a record 290
million dollars, the website Box Office Mojo reported Monday.
The five-day haul broke the 2009 record of 270.5 million dollars, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Receipts from the final installment of the popular Twilight series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, were a major factor, with the film bringing in 45.1 million dollars over the five-day holiday.
The vampire film has achieved world-wide sales of 557.7 million dollars.
Skyfall, the latest offering in the James Bond franchise, took second place with 51 million dollars over the weekend and total sales of almost 222 million dollars. It is the first Bond movie to break sales of 200 million in the US and Canada.
Stephen Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln took third place, as Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal of the sixteenth president generated significant Oscar buzz.
The debut of the animated feature The Rise of the Guardians had a weaker-than-expected opening, bringing in only 32.6 million its first weekend, while Ang Lee's adaptation of the best seller The Life of Pi had a surprisingly strong showing with 30.1 million dollars.
Lee's film took first place in cinemas in China and Taiwan.
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