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With "Skyfall" gobbling up more than half the total weekend box office, the top ten grossers are on track to gross $160 million, the best total yet in what has been a strong fall. This is up about 25% from both last weekend and last year. And most of this box- office surge comes from films appealing to older audiences on the one hand and children on the other. The teen demo will get their turn next week with the final "Twilight," which should boost audience figures to even higher levels. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" also opened with terrific numbers - $900,000 in only 11 theaters. More on that in Arthouse Audit. 1. Skyfall (Sony) New - Cinemascore: A; Metacritic score: 81 $87,800,000 in 3,505 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $25,050,000; Cumulative: $90,000,000 A strong Saturday propelled James Bond 23 into a weekend gross substantially ahead of "Quantum of Solace," the previous entry ($67.5 million in its »


- Tom Brueggemann

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