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James Bond pic Skyfall and other holdovers continued to rule on Friday as Gerard Butler's new soccer-themed romantic comedy debuted to a disappointing $2.1 million. Playing for Keeps, also starring Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid, came in No. 6. Despite a B+ CinemaScore, the movie is expected to open to only$6 million for the weekend, marking another box-office flop for Butler after recent surfing drama Chasing Mavericks. FilmDistrict acquired U.S. distribution rights to Playing for Keeps in 2011. Directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), the story follows the travails

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