After looking at the box office numbers for weekends like this, it’s not difficult to wish for some movies to go straight to disc, digital download or streaming so their titles don’t appear on the list of best performing movies.
Yes, it was another weekend of rule of the vampires as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I dominated the weekend box office with an estimated gross of $62 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. In all, the latest in the Twilight series, though critically ravaged, has grossed almost a half billion dollars worldwide in less than two weeks of release. The movie bested a trio of family-friendly releases, according to data provided by Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.
However, there was a blessing in that news as one of those movies, The Muppets, grossed a better than respectable $42 million during the same time to claim the second spot.
Surprisingly, Happy Feet Two showed that it had some legs as the latest environmental message from a flock of penguins brought in $18.3 million.
I guess that the nation isn’t in the mood for holiday films yet because the first real one of the season – Arthur Christmas, the story of how Santa delivers all those presents in a night – only took in $17 million.
One of the best releases of the recent week, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, the story of an orphan living in a Paris train station, took in just $15 million for the five days.
Overall this week’s box office was off a whopping 10.57 percent over the Thanksgiving weekend last year when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opened. The box office remained down more than 3 percent from last year. Here are this week’s Top 10 films according to Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com:
Breaking Dawn (Summit): $62 million
The Muppets (Walt Disney Studios): $42 million
Happy Feet Two (Warner Bros.): $18.2 million
Arthur Christmas (Columbia): $17 million
Hugo (Paramount Pictures): $15 million
Jack and Jill (Columbia): $14.1 million
Immortals (Relativity): $12.5 million
Puss in Boots (Paramount/DreamWorks): $10.3 million
Tower Heist (Universal) $10.l million
The Descendants (Fox Searchlight): $9.2 million