The Twilight vampires sucked more money out of theatres over the weekend, leading James Bond, Brad Pitt and the rest of box office pack with $17.4 million ($A16.7 million) in US and Canadian ticket sales and scoring its third weekly win.
Pitt's new movie, the small-budget gangster film Killing Them Softly, bombed with filmgoers who panned it with a rare 'F' grade on average in polling by audience survey firm CinemaScore. The movie, from Australian director Andrew Dominik, landed in seventh place with $US7 million ($A6.7 million) in ticket sales at domestic theatres.
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Critics, however, were kinder than audiences to the film. Seventy-nine per cent of reviews collected on the Rotten Tomatoes website applauded Killing Them Softly, which blends a violent but comic gangster story with criticism of politicians' failure to address the economic crisis.
In the movie, Pitt plays a hitman brought in by mafia bosses to eliminate a group of thieves who raid a high-stakes poker game. The film is set in an unspecified US city marked by abandoned houses, closed shops and petty criminals and mobsters trying to get by.
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The results at the box office were much brighter for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and final film in the Twilight vampire and werewolf saga, which has earned $US254.6 million ($A244.6 million) at North American (US and Canadian) theatres since its smash debut on November 16.
The top rankings were similar to last week's Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Bond movie Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as superspy 007, grabbed $US17 million ($A16.3 million) and held on to second place, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.
Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln, featuring a critically acclaimed performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th US president, kept the No. 3 slot with $US13.5 million ($A12.9 million).
A week ago, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and Skyfall helped push the five-day Thanksgiving weekend to a box office record.
The success of the two films, plus upcoming releases such as fantasy prequel The Hobbit and musical Les Miserables, are likely to power 2012 ticket sales to an all-time high, according to industry forecasts.
As of Sunday, year-to-date sales were running 5.9 per cent ahead of the same point in 2011 at $US9.9 billion, Hollywood.com said.
In the No. 4 slot, family movie Rise of the Guardians captured $US13.5 million. The Dreamworks Animation film has taken in $US48.9 million ($A46.9 million) since its Thanksgiving weekend debut, one of the slowest starts for a movie from the studio behind Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.
Guardians features the voices of Chris Pine and Alec Baldwin as the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and other childhood favorites who save the world.
Rounding out the top five, survival story Life of Pi earned $US12 million ($A11.5 million) and fifth place. The critically praised film from director Ang Lee is based on a book about a boy stranded on a boat with an adult Bengal tiger. Its two-week domestic total reached $US48.4 million ($A46.5 million).
The other nationwide release, horror thriller The Collection, took in $US3.4 million ($A3.2 million) and finished in tenth place. The movie, a sequel to 2009 movie The Collector, tells the story of a serial killer who kidnaps women.