Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Ang Lee were no match for the lusty vamps of Twilight at theaters this Thanksgiving weekend.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 cruised to the top of the box office with $43.1 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Hollywood.com.
The film, which wraps up the five-movie franchise, claimed the top spot for the second straight weekend and has done a solid $227 million in 10 days.
While the holiday provided a five-day debut for several high-profile films, including the animated Rise of the Guardians and Lee's 3-D adaptation Life of Pi, the weekend belonged to holdovers.
Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, was second with $36 million. The picture has done $221.7 million since its release Nov. 9.
Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was third with $25 million, lifting its overall gross to $62.1 million and bolstering its Oscar hopes.
Among the big newcomers, Guardians took top honors with fourth place and $24 million. Analysts projected a debut of $40 million. Critical and fan support could give the movie legs through the holidays: 74% of reviewers liked it, compared with 84% of moviegoers, says survey site Rottentomatoes.com.
Pi was fifth with $22 million and the strongest reviews of the weekend. The Oscar hopeful scored a thumbs-up from 87% of critics and 89% of audiences, Rottentomatoes says. Analysts projected an opening of about $13 million.
The remake Red Dawn was last among the big newcomers, taking sixth place with $14.6 million. Projections hovered around $12 million.
Final figures are expected Monday.
Revenues and attendance are up about 5% over the same period last year, according to Hollywood.com.
Scott Bowles, USA TODAY