Dawn Keeps On Breaking: Twilight Tops Soft Box Office for Third Weekend

by | Dec 4th, 2011 | 9:20PM | Filed under: Box Office News, News

1) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 — $16.9 million

Even though it fell a hefty 60%, a slow post-holiday weekend with no new wide releases let the vamps stay on top for a third weekend–the first such feat for a Twilight film. (2009′s New Moon was number one two weekends in a row.) In 17 days of release, the fourth film in the series has earned $247 million in North America so far and another $341 million overseas.

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2) The Muppets — $11.2 million

Despite all the love from audiences and critics, the Muppets’ triumphant return to the big screen tumbled 62% in its second weekend (in part because last weekend’s numbers were extra high due to Thanksgiving holiday attendance).

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3) Hugo — $7.6 million

Martin Scorsese’s family-friendly film was added to over 560 more theaters, and that—plus a below-average 33% drop in ticket sales—helped it move out of fifth place to third in its second weekend of release. It should continue to get a boost after having been named the best movie of the year by the National Board of Review last week.

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4) Arthur Christmas — $7.4 million

This delightful animated family film slipped 39% from its opening weekend, but could still hang in there over the coming weeks as the only new holiday release in theaters during the season.


5) Happy Feet Two — $6 million

The animated sequel hasn’t quite caught fire (sorry, poor choice of words for a movie about Antarctica) this season like its predecessor did five years ago. After three weekends in release, it’s only earned $86 million worldwide.


The rest of the Top Ten included Jack and Jill, The Descendants (which expanded to 574 theaters and moved from ninth to seventh place), ImmortalsTower Heist, and Puss in Boots. (Read my interviews with The Descendants co-stars Shailene Woodley and Judy Greer.)

While the overall box office was the lowest weekend of the year, with awards season upon us, things were heating up on the art-house side. Director Steve McQueen’s gripping drama Shame, starring Michael Fassbender, opened in 10 theaters and brought in a very impressive $36,100 average per site. (Read my interview with McQueen and Fassbender here.)

Oscar Best Picture front-runner The Artist also continued to grab a lot of buzz on its second weekend, averaging $34,333 per location over six theaters. Also doing well in limited release were the historical psychotherapy tale A Dangerous Method in four locations, the erotic drama Sleeping Beauty in two, and My Week With Marilyn in 244 theaters. (Read my interview with My Week with Marilyn‘s director Simon Curtis here.)

This Coming Weekend

We all tried to will The Muppets into the top spot this weekend, but alas, to no avail.

This coming weekend brings two new wide releases: the PG-13 ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, a thematic sequel to 2010′s Valentine’s Day from the same creative team; and the R-rated comedy The Sitter, starring Jonah Hill, from the director of Pineapple Express and Your Highness.

Given that there hasn’t been a rom-com in theaters in months (the last few were I Don’t Know How She Does It and the R-rated What’s Your Number? back in September), I’d say fans of the genre are ready. I pick New Year’s Eve for number one next weekend. Anyone care to argue for a fourth weekend for Breaking Dawn? Or a Sitter upset?

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


3 Responses to “Dawn Keeps On Breaking: Twilight Tops Soft Box Office for Third Weekend”

  1. Moviegoer123
    Posted on December 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    My Predictions:
    1. New Year’s Eve
    2. The Muppets
    3. Breaking Dawn
    4. The Sitter
    5. Hugo

  2. And me
    Posted on December 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I’ll wait for Redbox. Not spending any more than $1. to see this.

  3. And me
    Posted on December 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

    ^^ Sorry, should have stated BD.