‘Skyfall,’ ‘Guardians’ duel for box-office win
James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.
According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale “Skyfall” took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.
That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians,” the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.
The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which had been tops for three-straight weekends.
The “Twilight” finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s “Lincoln,” which was close behind with $9.1 million.
The top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released today.
In fifth place was “Life of Pi” with $8.3 million.
Katt Williams arrested
Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested in northern California on a felony warrant related to a police chase.
The Sacramento Bee reported that Williams was arrested Friday night in Dunnigan, about 25 miles north of Sacramento.
The paper says he was released from the county jail Saturday after posting bail.
The sheriff’s department confirmed Williams’ arrest late Saturday, but staffers on duty didn’t have details.
British astronomer Moore dies at 89
British astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore died Sunday, according to friends and colleagues.
He was 89.
He died at his home in the coastal town of Selsey in southern England, according to a statement released Sunday.
No specific cause of death was given, but he had heart problems and used a wheelchair.
Moore was well known for his long-running BBC television show “The Sky at Night,” which was credited for popularizing astronomySFlbwith generations of Britons.