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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson appear in a promotional photo for the 2012 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. - Provided courtesy of Summit Entertainment / Andrew Cooper

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' tops box office with $48.4 million

12/02/2012 by Nichole Hamilton

The final film in "The Twilight Saga" reigns supreme while "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" hold strong in second and third.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" reportedly earned $48.4 million over the week to again dominate the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film nabbed the top spot after its initial release on November 17, earning $71.2 million of its now $702.4 million worldwide.

In the movie, Bella, now a vampire, and Edward fight the Volturi to protect their child Renesmee, who is a half vampire/half human hybrid. The Volturi set out to kill the Bella and Edward's daughter after they are led to believe Renesmee is an immortal child - a child who was turned into a vampire - which goes against vampire rule, since immortal children are considered unpredictable and uncontrollable.

The latest James Bond movie, "Skyfall," held strong in the second place spot according to the magazine. The Daniel Craig film earned $34 million throughout the week and has earned roughly $869 million worldwide due to its extensive international appeal.

In Summit Entertainment's "Skyfall," which was helmed by "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes, Craig reprises his role as James Bond. The movie sees Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator.

In third place is the biopic "Lincoln," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. The film earned $13.5 million throughout the week, and has earned an impressive $83.7 million domestically so far.

In fourth place is the animated fantasy "Rise of the Guardians" which earned $13.5 million over the week domestically, bringing its worldwide to $105.9 million. The film premiered Thanksgiving weekend to an amount that The Hollywood Reporter noted was the lowest debut for a DreamWorks Animation title in recent history.

The film tells a story about the "guardians," which consists of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman, who enlist Jack Frost to stop Pitch from engulfing the world in darkness. The movie was released on November 21.

Rounding out the top five, according to the magazine, is the adventure drama film "Life of Pi," which earned around $12 million in its second week, bringing its global total to $109.5 million. The movie, which is based on a 2001 bestselling novel by Yann Martel, follows the adventures of an Indian boy who is lost at sea with a Bengal tiger.

Brad Pitt's newly released crime drama "Killing Them Softly" opened to a soft $7 million, according to the magazine, placing the thriller film in a disappointing seventh place for its debut week.

Watch the trailers for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Life of Pi" below.

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