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The post-Thanksgiving weekend soared this year, but not via the usual family films. Continuing the trend over the past several weeks, Oscar contenders appealing to older audiences provided the heft to elevate grosses. Like last year, a "Twilight"-dominated weekend (again, the second) leads the pack. This year's entry continues the last's torrid pace (with even bigger grosses internationally).  But last year, five of the top ten, and four of the top five were oriented to kids (including the more limited initial week for "Hugo" at #5).  This year, the six adult-oriented films - four with strong Metacritic ratings of 81 or higher ("Argo," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Skyfall) - are rewriting the gameplan for year-end releases. Five of them are in wide release now, when in earlier years most of them would be either be just playing limited or delayed until closer to Christmas. With the »

- Tom Brueggemann

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