First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes a Vampire Baby and $140 Million at the Box Office

by | Nov 20th, 2011 | 10:44PM | Filed under: Box Office News, News

1) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 1 — $139.5 million

To the surprise of absolutely no one living, dead, or lupine, the fourth Twilight film did bonkers box-office business on its opening weekend. As usual, the Twi-hards showed up early–midnight screenings on Thursday brought in $30 million. Breaking Dawn didn’t quite top New Moon‘s opening weekend record ($143 million in November 2009), but it still made the top-five highest weekends of all time. It also did well overseas for a worldwide total of $284 million. (A franchise international high.) Audiences were 80% female and 60% over 21 and gave the movie got a “B+” CinemaScore overall. (That nudges up to an “A-” among women.)

Read Erika’s full review

2) Happy Feet Two — $22 million

Breaking Dawn sucked up most of the box-office oxygen (and dollars) this weekend, causing the sequel to the 2006 animated kids’ film about cute singing, dancing penquins to come in slightly below expectations. Happy Feet Two also has its work cut out for it in the coming week, as Wednesday brings three new family films for it to compete with: Hugo, The Muppets, and Arthur Christmas.

3) Immortals — $12.3 million

As is common with big, flashy genre films geared at young men, Immortals took a mighty tumble in its second weekend, down 62% from its opening. It’s now earned $90 million worldwide against a $75 million budget.

4) Jack and Jill — $12 million

The Adam Sandler PG-13 comedy also had a sizeable 50% drop from its debut. And it has a ways to go to recoup its budget–Jack and Jill has earned $47 million worldwide, but cost $75 million to make. (Really? Did they have to pay Sandler twice?)

5) Puss in Boots — $10.7 million

The combined punch of Happy Feet Two and Twilight was finally enough to push Puss down the charts a bit–it was off 52% from last weekend, its biggest drop in what was an impressive month-long run.

Read Erika’s full review

The rest of the Top Ten included Tower Heist, J. Edgar, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Paranormal Activity 3, and Footloose.

In terms of limited release, the big winner was writer-director Alexander (Sideways) Payne’s The Descendants, starring George Clooney. Not only is the film already gathering heavy awards-season buzz, but it averaged $42,000 per theater at 29 locations. (It will expand further in coming weeks.)

Read my interviews with The Descendants co-stars Shailene Woodley and Judy Greer.

This Coming Wednesday

Okay, it was way too easy to call Breaking Dawn as this weekend’s box-office monster and Happy Feet in the second spot, but only Dave guessed that Immortals would come in third. (Unless Jack and Jill sneaks into number two when the Monday actuals come out.)

But will this coming week be as easy? Remember, Twilight movies open huge as the fans flock in (many of them several times during opening weekends), then drop off fast. You can expect Breaking Dawn to lose about 70% of its opening next weekend, bringing it down to around $40 million.

Can Hugo or Arthur Christmas beat that? Probably not.

But The Muppets sure as heck can.

Arthur Christmas is a delightful (and veddy British) animated holiday film from Aardman Studios (Wallace and Gromit), and Hugo is the highly anticipated 3D family fantasy from Martin Scorsese. But I think both of them–and Breaking Dawn–are going to get left behind by Jason Segel and Disney’s loving big-screen rejuvenation of the Muppets. (All three new wide releases open on Wednesday.)

I say The Muppets wins the five-day holiday stretch as well as the weekend. Agree or disagree?

What do you guys think will come out on top of the box office this coming holiday weekend?

3 Responses to “First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes a Vampire Baby and $140 Million at the Box Office”

  1. Dave
    Posted on November 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Absolutely agree – Go Muppets!

  2. Jason Clark
    Posted on November 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm


  3. moviegoer123
    Posted on November 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My Predictions:

    1. Muppets
    2. Twilight
    3. Happy Feet 2
    4. Arthur X-mas
    5. Hugo

    I really liked Breaking Dawn. It’s really good but it’s also VERY predictable. I can’t wait to see Part II — that’ll be interesting.