By Erica Orden
“Skyfall” landed back atop the box office in its fifth weekend in theaters, becoming the highest grossing film ever released by Sony Corp. ’s Sony Pictures.
The latest James Bond installment reclaimed its No.1 slot amid a slew of holdovers from previous weeks. The film earned $11 million, bringing its cumulative domestic grosses to $261.6 million and its cumulative world-wide earnings to $918 million. That world-wide figure tops “Spider-Man 3,” which earned $890 million world-wide, as Sony’s highest-grossing film to date.
In second place at the box office was the animated family film “Rise of the Guardians,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. , which earned $10.5 million. “Guardians,” distributed by Viacom Inc. ’s Paramount Pictures, has earned $61.9 million in cumulative domestic grosses after three weeks in theaters.
The final film in the “Twilight” series continued a strong run, earning $9.2 million. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. ’s Summit Entertainment, has taken in $268.7 million in cumulative domestic grosses after four weeks in theaters.
Other familiar faces rounded out the top five. “Lincoln,” from DreamWorks Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Co. , took in $9.1 million to bring its cumulative domestic earnings to $97.3 million after five weeks in theaters.
And “Life of Pi,” the 3-D epic from News Corp .’s Twentieth Century Fox, earned $8.3 million, bringing its cumulative domestic grosses to $60.9 million. News Corp. also owns The Wall Street Journal.
The only new wide release of the weekend, “Playing for Keeps,” a romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler and distributed by Film District, earned $6 million, putting it in sixth place at the box office.