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Thanks to 007, The Hobbit and a marked lack of Christmas turkeys, this year's festive takings look set to trounce 2011

The winner

Not many films find themselves topping the box office chart on the sixth week of release, but that is exactly what Skyfall has just achieved, elbowing aside The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 after its two-week reign at the summit. With a reasonable drop of 41% from the previous weekend, Skyfall posted three-day takings of £2.28m for a 38-day total of £93.77m. With Monday and Tuesday box office now announced by Sony, the film has achieved 40-day takings of £94.28m, overtaking previous UK record holder Avatar (£94.03m). Mild ticket-price inflation favours the Bond film, but Skyfall has reached its awesome tally without the benefit of 3D premium prices. Now all eyes are on whether Skyfall can be the first film to crack £100m at UK cinemas.

With £31.37m after 17 days of play, »

- Charles Gant

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