"Breaking Dawn" Threepeats Over Weak Frame
The usual post-Thanksgiving blues set in this weekend, as ticket sales got sliced in half. With no new wide releases, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 easily remained on top. Holdovers had mixed declines, which are good considering most movies drop 55% or more this frame. However, it was the second lowest grossing weekend of the year
Despite another big drop, Breaking Dawn Part 1 easily led the first weekend of December.
Staying put in second, The Muppets plummeted a troubling 62% to $11M. Even with great buzz from both critics and moviegoers, Disney’s $45M musical-comedy posted the largest drop in the top ten. Kermit and Miss Piggy have grossed a solid $56.3M in 12 days, and, if declines stabilize in December, could finish over the $100M mark.
Climbing two spots to third, Hugo fell just 33% to $7.5M. Aided by
With the Christmas season officially commenced, Arthur Christmas fell only 39% to $7.4M. Sony’s holiday toon has earned $25.3M in 12 days and should continue to see slim declines throughout December. The final gross could easily reach $65M before vanishing on January 1.
Happy Feet Two was continued to disappoint, tumbling 56% to $5.9M. In 17 days, Warner Bros.’ pricey toon sequel has grossed a weak $51.7M, or less than half the $121.5M that Happy Feet had at the same time in 2006. The penguin flick has been a major misfire for Warner Bros. and has zero chance of reaching $100M domestically.
In sixth, Sony’s Jack and Jill capitalized on its holiday theme, and fell just 46% to $5.3M and a $64.1M tally.
Fox Searchlight added 184 theaters to The Descendants and slipped only 35% to $4.7M, pushing the total to $17.6M. Winner of the National Board of Review’s Best Actor and a lock for Golden Globe nods, the dramedy will continue to expand throughout December.
Three late-fall films rounded out the top ten. Immortals got axed 50% to $4.4M, giving Relativity $75.6M to date. Universal’s Tower Heist fell 45% to $3.9M and a $70.5M total. Puss in Boots plummeted 59% to $3M, pushing
The limited release scene remained very active. Fox Searchlight’s sex drama Shame opened to a scorching $361,000 from just ten theaters. Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender star in the NC-17 film which drew good marks from critics.
Among holdovers, The Weinstein Company saw My Week with Marilyn fall 35% to $1.1M, and a 3% jump for The Artist to $211,265. Sony Classics’ A Dangerous Method fell 29% to $119,574. Totals for three award hopefuls stand at $3.8M, $501,624 and $412,937.
The top ten was down 6% from 2010 and down 18% from 2009.
Opening next weekend: New Year's Eve and The Sitter.