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On what is usually one of the slowest weekends of the year-- post-Thanksgiving, when adults are holiday shopping--moviegoers flocked to a wide variety of strongly performing holdovers. The top ten grossed around $100 million, up a strong 40% from last year.  "Breaking Dawn" ended up #1 narrowly over "Skyfall." But once again, it is a core group of adult-oriented films that made the difference, "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi" among the smaller dropoffs. Those two films in particularly should see their already bright Oscar chances helped by strong audience response. Also among major contenders, long-running "Argo" finally fell from the top ten, but passed $100 million this weekend. Though not quite making (as of now) the top ten, "Silver Linings Playbook" also thrived with an even smaller drop in a still more limited run, suggesting that it is poised to join the group of popular as well as critically successful films. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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