Bond's 50th anniversary adventure still managed to pull in £1.43m, pushing the film ever-closer towards the £100m mark on home soil, while Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths was the only new entry to figure in the top ten, with a £1,121,679 debut enough to take third.
Elsewhere in the chart The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 slips two places to fourth in its fourth weekend, with Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, Silver Linings Playbook and Great Expectations all falling one spot apiece to occupy fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Meanwhile, the bottom three are unchanged this weekend as Argo, End of Watch and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted fill out positions eight through ten once again.
Number one this time last year: Puss in Boots
1. Rise of the Guardians, £1,602,689 weekend; £4,062,292 total (2 weeks)
2. Skyfall, £1,428,708 weekend; £96,333,036 total (7 weeks)
3. Seven Psychopaths, £1,121,679 weekend (New)
4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, £980,190 weekend; £33,384,110 total (4 weeks)
5. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, £966,400 weekend; £4,376,499 total (3 weeks)
6. Silver Linings Playbook, £446,324 weekend; £3,606,760 total (3 weeks)
7. Great Expectations, £339,375 weekend; £1,356,923 total (2 weeks)
8. Argo, £216,892 weekend; £4,925,327 total (5 weeks)
9. End of Watch, £143,674 weekend; £1,668,261 total (3 weeks)
10. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, £138,753 weekend; £21,925,195 total (8 weeks)
Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-earth this coming Thursday with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (cert. 12A) [read our review here], while Friday's newcomers include Disney animation Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings (cert. U), British sci-fi thriller U.F.O. (cert. TBC), comedy drama Smashed (cert. 15) and a 50th anniversary reissue of the Robert Aldrich classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (cert. 12A).