Hi-Ho! The Muppets Put on a Good Show, but Can’t Top the Vamps

by | Nov 27th, 2011 | 4:44PM | Filed under: Box Office News, News

1) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 — 3-day: $42 million / 5-day: $62.3 million

Though it tumbled 70% from its opening weekend (a common trend among the Twilight films), Breaking Dawn still hung on to the holiday top spot at the box office. In just 10 days, the film (which cost $110 million to make) has earned $221 million in North America and a worldwide total of $489 million. That’s right, nearly half a billion in less than two weeks.

Read Erika’s full review

2) The Muppets — $29.5 million / $42 million

The return of Jim Henson’s beloved creations may not have come in first at the box office, but the new film has already out-grossed all previous Muppet films except the first one, 1979′s The Muppet Movie. That’s a huge win for Disney, especially since the film only cost $45 million. (Felt is cheaper than CGI.) Plus an “A” CinemaScore from audiences and glowing critical reviews should keep the film movin’ right along over the holidays and guarantee more new Muppet movies in the future.

Read Erika’s full review

Get reminders for the Redbox releases of The Muppets Take Manhattan at on DVD and Blu-ray December 6, and Muppets from Space on DVD and Blu-ray December 12

3) Happy Feet Two — $13.4 million / $18.4 million

A modest 37% drop from its debut last weekend bodes well for the singing, dancing penguins, even in a season becoming increasingly crowded with animated family films. The sequel has now earned $58 million worldwide.

4) Arthur Christmas — $12.7 million / $17 million

My favorite new holiday film (and favorite in this week’s top five) performed okay at the box office, but hopes to hold on strong over the next month. It may never do Muppet-sized numbers, but should get some help from the fact it’s the only holiday themed family film out this season, and it got a solid “A-” CinemaScore from theatergoers.

Read my full review

5) Hugo — $11.4 million / $15.4 million

Director Martin Scorsese’s entry into family and 3D movies also performed decently at the box office. In fact, though the film—Scorsese’s loving and lovely ode to the history of filmmaking—only opened on a third of the number of screens as The Muppets, Hugo‘s per-theater average of $8,888 was actually higher than The Muppets‘. 3D ticket sales accounted for a whopping 75% of the haul (this is one of those films that deserves to be seen in the extra dimension), and expansion into more theaters in coming weeks should keep Hugo around a while.

(Watch for my full review later this week)

The rest of the Top Nine included Jack and Jill, ImmortalsPuss in Boots, and Tower Heist.

In tenth place was the Clooney dramedy The Descendants, which has performed fantastically in limited release as it expanded to 433 locations this weekend and rang up a very impressive $16,628 per-theater average. (Read my interviews with The Descendants co-stars Shailene Woodley and Judy Greer.)

On the rest of the limited-release, art-house circuit, the big story was the very Oscar-buzzy, delightful black-and-white silent film The Artist. It had a huge $52,500 per-theater average at just four locations. Doing almost as well was the debut of David Cronenberg’s Freud-Jung drama A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender. Playing in only four locations as well, it had a per-theater average of $45,500.

Also opening solidly on about 250 screens was My Week with Marilyn, which had a respectable per-theater average of $7,266. Read my interview with My Week with Marilyn‘s director Simon Curtis here.

This Coming Weekend

I and our three most active Redblog reader box-office predictors (Dave, Jason, and Moviegoer) were all wrong this week: We all thought The Muppets might have a chance of unseating Breaking Dawn. Nope, sorry.

However, we and The Muppets have another shot at it. There are no new wide theatrical releases this coming weekend, and I think that means The Muppets will take the top spot away from the vamps. Anyone agree? Disagree?

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


2 Responses to “Hi-Ho! The Muppets Put on a Good Show, but Can’t Top the Vamps”

  1. Moviegoer123
    Posted on November 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Ahh…yes, the Muppets do have a chance at it. The vamps have had enough alredy…they’ve made it twice in a row!

    My Predictions:
    1. The Muppets
    2. Breaking Dawn
    3. Happy Feet Two
    4. Arthur Christmas
    5. Hugo

    I’ve seen Hugo…it’s an excellent film. It’s an experience that’s unforgettable. Martin Scorsese delves into purpose of life and film. There are so many messages in Hugo. I think it’s the must-see of the year! I give Hugo five out five stars.

    Oh, I recently had seen Puss in Boots…it’s so cute and sweet. Another film that is one of the best. I give it four and half out five stars.

  2. Dave
    Posted on November 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    1. The Muppets
    2. Arthur Christmas
    3. Hugo
    4. Breaking Dawn
    5. Happy Feet Two