After receiving a rare F CinemaScore from moviegoers, Brad Pitt's independent crime drama "Killing Them Softly" opened nationwide to a soft $7 million, coming in No. 7.
Directed by Andrew Dominik, the violent crime drama becomes only the eighth movie ever to receive the failing grade. George Clooney's "Solaris" and "Killing Them Softly" are the only non-horror titles among the bunch.
Pitt's Plan B production company produced the $15 million "Killing Them Softly," based on George V. Higgins' 1974 book "Cogan's Trade," with Inferno Entertainment and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, which put up some of the financing. The Weinstein Co. is distributing domestically.
The movie stars Pitt as professional enforcer Jackie Cogan, who is charged with investigating a robbery at a mob-protected poker game. It also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Sam Shepard.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is generally dominated by holdovers, and this year was no exception as "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," "Skyfall" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" continued to top the box office.
Summit Entertainment's "Breaking Dawn 2" jumped the $700 million mark globally over the weekend, grossing $17.4 million domestically for a total $254.6 million and $48.4 million internationally for a total $447.8 million. The worldwide cume is now $702.4 million.
MGM and Sony's "Skyfall" grossed $17 million in its fourth weekend for a North American cume of $246 million and worldwide total in the $850 million range.
"Lincoln," from DreamWorks and Disney, grossed $13.5 million for a domestic total of $48.9 million. The historical drama, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the storied president, continues to be a hit with adults.
DreamWorks Animation and Paramount's 3D toon "Rise of the Guardians" came in No. 4, falling 43 percent in its second weekend to $13.5 million for a domestic total of $48.9 million. The holiday-themed pic got off to a disappointing start over Thanksgiving, but DWA and Paramount are hopeful it will play throughout Christmas, saying it is pacing in step with "The Polar Express."
Overseas, "Rise of the Guardians" grossed $40 million in 46 territories, placing No. 1 in 20 of those markets. The toon has now grossed $57 million internationally for a worldwide total of $105.9 million.
Ang Lee's Thanksgiving entry "Life of Pi" came in No. 5, falling 47 percent in its second weekend to $12 million for a domestic total of $48.4 million.
The weekend's only other new release was horror sequel "The Collection," which opened to a disappointing $3.8 million.