By Grady Smith
December 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM EST
Francois Duhamel

For the third straight weekend, the same five movies will take up the top five spots on the chart, though there’s been a switch at the very top.

As expected, Skyfall ruled the roost on Friday, kicking off what is shaping up to be the slowest weekend at the box office since the recent sad September frame, when the industry faced the lowest grosses in over a decade. The James Bond film took in $3.1 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $10.5 million weekend and a first-place ranking — a rather remarkable feat considering Skyfall is currently in its fifth weekend and has spent the last three as a runner-up to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Speaking of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the vampire finale dropped into second place on Friday, drawing another $2.8 million for ticket-buyers. Over the full weekend, the film will likely earn just over $9 million, bringing its total to $269 million.

In third place, Lincoln held strong with $2.6 million, and it may earn a touch less than $9 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. There’s a good chance the presidential drama (and Twilight, too) will get passed by Rise of the Guardians, which came in fourth on Friday with $2.3 million. Thanks to a family-friendly boost on Saturday and Sunday, the DreamWorks animated movie should take in over $10 million in three days. Rounding out the Top 5 was Life of Pi with $2.3 million on its way to an $8.5 million finish.

Back in sixth, Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel’s new soccer-themed rom-com Playing for Keeps proved that it is this week’s Killing Them Softly — a wide release that flops right out of the gate. (The lesson? Clearly, that you should never start your title with a gerund… or something like that.) The film, this week’s only new wide release, kicked off its run in 2,837 theaters, yet only managed $2.1 million on Friday. Playing may only have about $6 million in its keep by Sunday night — but hey, at least that’s more than the $5.8 million that Butler’s last wide release, Chasing Mavericks (another gerund!), earned in its entire run.

1. Skyfall – $3.1 million

2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – $2.8 million

3. Lincoln – $2.6 million

4. Rise of the Guardians – $2.3 million

5. Life of Pi – $2.3 million

6. Playing for Keeps – $2.1 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report!

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