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Twilight continues U.S. box office reign

The final film of the hugely popular vampire franchise, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, held onto the number one spot for the third week in a row, according to early studio estimates.

Daniel Craig’s Skyfall remains a close second with takings of $17 million (£10.6 million), while Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and animated family movie Rise of the Guardians are in a dead heat, both posting earnings of $13.5 million (£8.4 million) and tying for third place.

Life of Pi ($12 million/£7.5 million) is at four and sharing the title for fifth place are Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly and Wreck-It Ralph ($7 million/£4.4 million).

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Since many of the films are neck and neck in terms of ticket sales, industry experts suspect the rankings could shift when the final figures are released on Monday (03Dec12).

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