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A strong group of Oscar contending/older audience films led to a surge in what is usually the dead post-Thanksgiving weekend. With the same top five films as last weekend (although the final order might be slightly different), the top ten films Friday night grossed about 50% better than last year. As always happens, individual grosses fell steeply from their holiday-induced levels last week. "Breaking Dawn" for now remains number one, though "Skyfall" might still eke out a win. Both fell around 70% from a week ago (normal considering the playtime), as did the so-far underperforming "Rise of the Guardians." But two other Oscar contenders held up better. Steven Spielberg's already phenomenally successful "Lincoln" fell only 60% while Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" dropped 63% with virtually no theater count change. With the rest of the weekend stabilizing, these figures suggest that both films should be able to play solidly »

- Tom Brueggemann

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