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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Twilight Saga’ Ends at the Top

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2'

The end of the Twilight franchise saga has arrived, and its fans made sure it went out with a considerable box office take.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 took the number one spot with $141.3 million this weekend, pushing last week's top earner, Skyfall, back to number two with $41.5 million. Lincoln was added to around 1,700 theaters, boosting its sales to $21 million and thus securing the number three spot. Disney's Wreck-It Ralph fell two spots to number four with $18.3 million while Flight also dropped two spots to number five with $8.6 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Skyfall’ Knocks ‘Ralph’ from Top Spot

Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Skyfall'

To no one's surprise, Skyfall swept the box office this weekend, nabbing the number one spot at the box office. What is a pleasant surprise - for the film's producers, anyway - was that the 23rd James Bond film's take of $87.8 million secured a new opening weekend record for the 50-year-old franchise.

Disney's latest film, Wreck-It Ralph, was bumped down from its number one title to number two with $33 million while Flight also dropped a spot to number three with $15.1 million. Argo remains within the top five with $6.7 million in its fifth week while Taken 2 stayed put at number five with $4 million.

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Quote of the Day: Roger Moore on ‘Skyfall’

Roger Moore and Daniel Craig as James Bond

"Having seen Skyfall, in my opinion it is the best, best Bond of all – and Daniel Craig, I am full of admiration for him."

- Former 007 actor Roger Moore gives his critique of the latest film in the spy franchise.

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Daniel Craig Finds it Hard to Strip for Bond

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig says it's getting "harder and harder" to do nude scenes in James Bond movies.

The 44-year-old actor - who is returning for his third film as the iconic British spy in Skyfall - admits he has "fun" taking his clothes off while portraying the secret agent and hopes it adds some "sexiness" to the 007 film franchise: "I don't actually read those bits. I don't care how many times I have to do it. It's going to be harder and harder the older I get. It's just fun. There's enough sexiness in the movie with the girls - and hopefully me as well - but it's a little bit of a gag now."

Daniel stars opposite Javier Bardem in Skyfall and while he admits there was no free time to spend with the 43-year-old star - who portrays latest Bond villain Raoul Silva - during filming, he is keen to watch a game of rugby with the No Country For Old Men actor when they get a chance.

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Muse Regrets Turning Down ‘Skyfall’

MuseMuse regrets missing out on recording a James Bond theme.

The "Survival" band - Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard - didn't contribute a track to the latest film in the spy franchise, Skyfall, but think that their song "Supremacy" would have been perfect.

"It's got a little bit of a Bond vibe - it all goes a bit crazy [like former Bond theme] 'Live And Let Die' in the middle. My view is they should use it for the James Bond film, but I don't know what's going on with that. I heard Adele was doing it," said Dominic, describing the track.

It was recently confirmed the titular theme to Skyfall will be sung by Adele, and is expected to be released next week.

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Adele to Sing Closing Credits for James Bond?

AdeleAdele is rumored to be recording a song for the new James Bond film.

The "Someone Like You" singer was spotted at Abbey Road studio earlier this month, where the soundtrack for Skyfall is being produced, with producer Paul Epworth. Adele, 24, hinted last year on The Jonathan Ross Show she'd been offered the 007 spot and Chris Cornell, who recroded the theme song for Casino Royale, thinks that she is the "perfect choice."

"I can't think of a better one. She's phenomenal and it's nice, in a day and age where so many vocals are fixed by computers, that the biggest album of last year was somebody who sings for real," Cornell told MTV News.

It is thought Adele could be recording a special track to be played over the film's closing credits. The process of choosing the title song for a James Bond film is thorough, with several artists each recording their own song and submitting them to the producers, who then make a decision on which one to have.

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Daniel Craig Won’t Recreate the Old Bond Movies

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig doesn't want to try and recreate old Bond movies.

The actor is to play 007 for the third time in the 23rd Bond movie, Skyfall, and while he has looked at old films to give him inspiration, he wants the suave spy's latest outing to be something new.

"I reread the books, he read the books, we watched the movies, we talked about the Roger Moore movies, the Sean Connery movies, the whole thing. There's a sort of tone that's in all those movies that you can't try to recreate. If you do, then it's a pastiche. Neither Sam [Mendes] nor I want to make a pastiche of an older movie. But you have flavors of it."

Daniel also revealed the recent problems with studio MGM - which put filming back - helped Skyfall, as it gave everyone more time to work on a better script: "The MGM thing was a silver lining situation where, for the first time, we had a lot of time to work on the script. We weren't publicly allowed to say we were doing anything, but we were secretly meeting. It wasn't full bore until everything was given the green light, but we were very optimistic it would happen."

Skyfall opens later this year.


Skyfall Trailer Unveiled

The first trailer for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall has been unveiled. The one minute 24 second teaser (seen above) shows British spy James - played by Daniel Craig for the third time - being interrogated by agents, before scenes showing him shooting a gun and a number of coffins with the Union Jack flag draped on them. There are also scenes from an exploded house and M - portrayed by Judi Dench - also appears briefly.

M is set to be the focus of the movie, which will tell the tale of her past coming back to haunt her.

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Daniel Craig: Skyfall Will be Very Funny

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig says Skyfall will be a "very funny" film.

The 44-year-old actor - who is reprising his role of James Bond in the forthcoming motion picture - revealed his alter-ego shows his humoros side in a scene with go-go dancers, and Daniel thought it was "about time" he showed his humouros side in the film franchise.

"The humor is not something we try to do but it just comes from the situations. I think there are some very funny lines in it but then I have a very dark sense of humor, so others might not agree with me," he said. "Go-go dancers. It's not something I have done before and I thought it was about time I showed that part of myself," he replied when asked about what would be different in this film.

Daniel insists that Skyfall feels like a more "old-fashioned Bond movie" in the franchise's 50th year thanks to its "great" Istanbul setting, and he has enjoyed reprising the "challenging" role for the third time.

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Daniel Craig Insists Bond is Tested in Skyfall

Daniel Craig on Empire as James BondDaniel Craig says James Bond is "out of his comfort zone" and pushed to his limits in new movie Skyfall.

The actor returns as the iconic British spy in the upcoming film and he promises 007 fans the character is tested even more than he was in his previous films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

"He's always out of his f***ing comfort zone! Hanging off the top of some kind of structure somewhere, I don't know how comfortable that ever is. I know for me how uncomfortable it is, pushing him, I think, is the best way to describe it. We're just pushing the characters, physically and emotionally, as far as we can in the context of a Bond movie," he told Empire.

Although very little is known about the plot of the film, it sees Bond pitted against bad guy Silva, played by Javier Bardem, who was very happy with the role director Sam Mendes has given him to play: "The material is great and the story very powerful and complex. Sam gave me a version of Silva and I was like, 'Hmmm, that's very interesting, this is gonna be fun.' As I say, there is meat to chew."


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