'Twilight' shines in third box office win over Bond

LOS ANGELES Sun Dec 2, 2012 11:00pm IST

Cast members Robert Pattinson (R) and Kristen Stewart pose for pictures before the German premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in Berlin, November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Cast members Robert Pattinson (R) and Kristen Stewart pose for pictures before the German premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in Berlin, November 16, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The "Twilight" teen vampire movie shined again at U.S. and Canadian box offices, earning $17.4 million and its third consecutive No. 1 ranking as James Bond held strong and Brad Pitt's new movie struggled.

"Twilight" finale "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" finished just ahead of "Skyfall," the 23rd film in the Bond franchise about British superspy 007. "Skyfall" rang up sales of $17 million domestically from Friday through Sunday.

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has pulled in $254.6 million since its release while "Skyfall" has grossed $246 million, putting both among the top films of the year.

Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln" starring Daniel Day-Lewis took third place for the weekend with $13.5 million. Brad Pitt's new movie, small-budget gangster film "Killing Them Softly," grossed $7 million and landed in seventh place.

(Reporting By Lisa Richwine and Christine Kearney; Editing by Bill Trott)

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