The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Entertainment

December 9, 2012

'Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box-office win

LOS ANGELES — James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale “Skyfall” took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.

That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians,” the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.

The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which had been tops for three-straight weekends. The “Twilight” finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s “Lincoln,” which was close behind with $9.1 million.

The top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released Monday.

The weekend’s only new wide release, Gerard Butler’s romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps,” flopped with just $6 million, coming in at No. 6.

“Skyfall” raised its domestic total to $261.6 million and added $20.3 million overseas to bring its international income to $656.6 million. At $918 million worldwide, “Skyfall” has the best cash haul ever for the Bond franchise and surpassed “Spider-Man 3” at $890 million to become Sony’s top-grossing hit.

The “Twilight” finale also is a franchise record-breaker, surpassing the $710 million worldwide haul of last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1.” The finale’s domestic total now stands at $268.7 million.

“Rise of the Guardians” led the international box office with $26 million, followed by 20th Century Fox’s “Life of Pi” at $23.8 million.

It was another traditionally quiet post-Thanksgiving weekend, with big November releases continuing to dominate in the lull before a pre-Christmas onslaught of movies.

The box office is expected to soar next weekend with the arrival of part one of “The Hobbit,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” prelude. After that comes a steady rush of action, comedy and drama through year’s end, including Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher,” Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx’s “Django Unchained,” Seth Rogen’s “The Guilt Trip” and Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe’s “Les Miserables.”

“The last couple of weeks of the year are some of the strongest every year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com. “We are on the cusp of some really huge box office. There’s a lot of money still left in the year despite this slow period right now.”

Hollywood’s domestic revenues have topped $10 billion so far this year, with the industry expected to finish 2012 ahead of the all-time high of $10.6 billion set in 2009.

Trashed savagely by critics, FilmDistrict’s “Playing for Keeps” stars Butler as a washed-up soccer star trying to reconnect with his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and young son. The all-star cast includes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Uma Thurman as soccer moms with the hots for Butler.

In limited release, Bill Murray’s Franklin Roosevelt drama “Hyde Park on Hudson” opened solidly with $83,280 in four theaters, averaging a healthy $20,820 a cinema. By comparison, “Playing for Keeps” averaged $2,115 in 2,837 theaters.

Released by Focus Features, “Hyde Park on Hudson” stars Murray as Roosevelt, whose intimate relations with a distant cousin (Laura Linney) become both a source of strength and distraction as the president plays host to the king and queen of England on the eve of World War II.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Skyfall,” $11 million ($20.3 million).

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $10.5 million ($26 million international).

3. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $9.2 million ($23.5 million international).

4. “Lincoln,” $9.1 million.

5. “Life of Pi,” $8.3 million ($23.8 million international).

6. “Playing for Keeps,” $6 million ($500,000 international).

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $4.9 million ($5.8 million international).

8. “Red Dawn,” $4.3 million.

9. “Flight,” $3.1 million.

10. “Killing Them Softly,” $2.7 million ($1.4 million international).

 

1
Text Only
Entertainment
  • Da Capo Chamber Players in Concert April 22

    LEWISBURG — The New York-based Da Capo Chamber Players will present an eclectic concert of new music on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

    April 20, 2014

  • Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts - The 45th Year

    LEWISBURG — This year is the 45th anniversary of the Lewisburg Arts Council celebrating the arts in the spring in Lewisburg.

    April 19, 2014

  • Birdsover.jpg This music is for the birds

    Some birds tweet, others chirp and a few birds from Arkansas can belt out a soulful song reminiscent of a cool Frank Zappa tune.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • And the winners are:

    LEWISBURG — Central Columbia High School senior Madeline Padner picked up this year’s Best in Show award at Packwood House Museum’s 36th annual Scholastic Arts Exhibit.

    April 18, 2014

  • Entry deadline this weekend for Celebration of the Arts exhibits

    LEWISBURG — Local artists and photographers have the opportunity to have their work on exhibit during The Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts.

    April 15, 2014

  • moranjason1.jpg Innovative jazz pianist coming to area April 17

    LEWISBURG — Jason Moran and the Bandwagon will perform on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alumnus returns to SU for reading

    SELINSGROVE — Susquehanna graduate Sal Pane, ’07, will give a reading from his novel “Last Call in the City of Bridges” at the launch of Susquehanna’s RiverCraft magazine on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

    April 13, 2014

  • Entanglements.jpg Jody Fallon — 10 years later

    LEWISBURG — The Packwood House Museum will present an exhibition of the recent work of local artist Jody Fallon to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his first solo exhibition

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • The best place to hunt eggs

    April 12th

    Beavertown -- An Easter egg hunt held at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 128 N. Orange St. Children invited to attend and lunch served following the egg hunt.

    Bloomsburg -- Mostly Mutts doggie biscuit hunt will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply Store, 229 Montour Blvd, Route 11. Owners must have their dogs on leashes and up to date on shots. Goodie bags for every dog and prizes. Suggested $5 donation. Rain date is April 26.

    Laurelton -- The Millmont West Union Area Lions Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on the grounds of The Union County West End Fairgrounds, Route 235. There will be divisions for all ages of children, and all the area children are welcome to participate. Also, during the egg hunt, the clubs annual ham raffle will be held. Tickets will be available at the egg hunt and from any Lions Club member. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5.

    Lewisburg -- A community Easter egg hunt will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hufnagle Park. The hunt will have a staggered start by age: 11:15 a.m., 0 to 3 years of age; 11:30 a.m., 4 to 6 years of age; 11:45 a.m., 7 to 10 years of age; noon, 11 years and older. Free and open to the public, and includes face painting, relay races and more. Participants are requested to check in at the registration table located at the gazebo upon arrival. Hosted by Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Bucknell University.

    Lewisburg -- American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 182 is holding an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. at the municipal field on Fairground Road. Super prizes in each age category and everyone goes home with a treat.

    McEwensville -- An Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. on the back lawn (weather permitting) at the Montgomery House Warrior Run Area Public Library, 20 Church St. For children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Before the hunt, a story time will take place in the library’s children room. Registration is required. Call (570) 538-1381.

    Middleburg -- More than an egg hunt held at Port Ann Wesleyan Church, 2856 Troxelville Road. Children through age 12 and their families are invited to hear the real message of Easter, sing praises to the Risen Savior, hunt for “empty tombs” (eggs) and have lunch from 11 a.m.--12:30 p.m. More information contact Robin at (570) 837-3096.

    Mifflinburg -- A flashlight Easter egg hunt begins at 8 p.m. at Mifflinburg Assembly of God for fifth grade students and younger. Younger children search inside while older kids search outside (if it rains all inside) Bring a flashlight and bag to hold your eggs. Prize drawings.

    Selinsgrove -- An Easter egg scavenger hunt held at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 429 N. Eighth St. Family activities, prizes, and candy.

    Selinsgrove -- An Easter celebration and egg hunt held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road. Features games, crafts, puppet show and egg hunt. All children are welcome.

    Sunbury -- Children’s breakfast with the Easter Bunny served 8-10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 501 Catawissa Ave. Serving pancakes and more — $3 per person.

    Sunbury -- An Easter egg hunt for infants to grade 5 held at noon at St. Luke’s Cemetery. Take Route 890 to Plum Creek Road, go straight onto St. Luke’s Road, cemetery on left. Weather permitting. Everyone gets a prize from the Easter Bunny.

    Watsontown -- An Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 44, between McEwensville and Turbotville. Children age 3 and up to sixth grade are welcome to come and hear the story of Jesus, hunt for eggs, and maybe even win a prize. Free event.

    April 11, 2014

  • blast.jpg What you missed recently at Daily Blast: Ukrainian Vader, 'Smaug,' 'Jaws,' intruding ducks

    We collect and add to the doofier parts of the Internet at the Daily Blast. If you haven't visited in a while, here are some of the items you might have missed:

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Entertainment Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.