Monday Link-A-Mania

• The Children In Need Doctor Who prequel to the Christmas special, “The Great Detective” (watch it here), was watched by 6.3 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures. The trailer for the special itself, “The Snowmen” (watch the trailer here), which aired an hour later, was watched by 8.6 million viewers, out-rating Coronation Street on ITV1. [via Doctor Who News]

• HBO has posted a teaser video for Game Of Thrones season three. It doesn’t reveal much, except the US premiere date which we already knew.

Merlin episode seven, “A Lesson In Vengeance”, achieved a very respectable average viewing figure of 5.5 million on Saturday night.

Riddick director David Twohy has posted an update on his official site with a first look at the logo for the film. “Been pulling 14-hour days trying to finish Riddick. My typical day starts at 9am with intensive visual effects meetings, sweating out the details of our 900 VFX shots. Then I jet across town to the mix stage, Soundelux, where I supervise the sound, balancing out the often-competing elements of music, sound fx, sound design, and dialog. At night I hit the lab, Technicolor in Hollywood, staying until midnight to do ‘DI work’ – colour-correction of the movie. This is where David Eggby and I have one last chance to get the images right, dropping in grads and power windows to finesse what we shot on set. It’s a great tool, the Digital Intermediate. Kind of like Photoshop for movies. Gotta love it. Gotta love the challenge of bringing it all home.”

Coming Soon has seven images from Epic, the forthcoming CG animated movie from Ice Age and Rio director Chris Wedge. Click on the image or link to see the others. Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil and features the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried and Johnny Knoxville.

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 had an opening weekend box office in North America of $141.3 million, according to Box Office Guru. That was the franchise’s second biggest opening after New Moon ($142.8 million) and a little bit up on Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million). It’s also the eighth biggest opening ever in North America. Internationally, Breaking Dawn Part 2 took an estimated $199.6 million from 61 territories, putting its worldwide opening at $340.9 million, up from the $284 million global debut of Part 1. To date, the Twilight films have grossed $2.84 billion worldwide.

Skyfall, meanwhile, has now reached a worldwide box office total of $669.2 million breaking the franchise record of $599.2 million set in 2006 by Casino Royale. Skyfall has yet to open in Australia, Japan, and China. No wonder the Bond producers have offered Daniel Craig an estimated £31 million to stick around for two more Bonds at least.

Comic Book Movie has some new pics of Jessica De Gouw as Huntress from Arrow.