In the last slow frame before the Christmas movies start rolling out in earnest, the horrific glamour of Breaking Dawn, Part 2 slackened just enough to let Skyfall and Rise of the Guardians slip past it to slug it out for the top spot at the box-office — and James Bond kicked the stuffing out of Santa Claus to reign supreme.
Okay, it wasn’t nearly that dramatic … the movies didn’t actually battle each other, and Skyfall squeaked past Rise of the Guardians with $11 million to the CG adventure’s $10.5 million, neither of which is a weekend to be especially proud of. I just thought I’d see if I could approximate the industry-insider voice of a Variety piece. It was something to do.
Anyway, it’s nice that Skyfall should be back on top this week, since things are in a 007 mood up in here. John Glen, the director of all five of the canon Bonds released in the 1980s, is in town to do a couple of appearances at the Lightbox tonight — specifically, an In Conversation With … session at 7 pm and an intro for Octopussy at 9 pm. I had the chance to chat with him last month for a NOW Q&A; you might want to read that. The guy’s got some stories.