Over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, many people flocked to the movies after stuffing their faces. Twilight was the big winner, again, while The Muppets came in strong despite being absent for a long time. The other new releases did not fare so well but still have a chance to prove themselves over the coming weeks.
Breaking Dawn Part I added another $62.3 million during the five-day weekend which was just behind New Moon‘s $66.3 million over the same time frame in 2009. It surpassed the $200 million mark on Saturday and now has a total of $221.3 million. You know what, investing in Twilight may help the economy grow.
The Muppets also did well during the five-day weekend as it snagged $42 million. Usually that is a really good number but that is down from Disney’s past Thanksgiving openings like Tangled ($68.7 million) and Enchanted ($49.1 million). The film still did enormously well for a revived franchise especially since it is earning more than any other Muppets film ever. The audience members were 53% female and it earned an “A” grade on CinemaScore as well as a whopping 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. I guess fans and critics like the film.
Happy Feet Two fell just 14% from the previous week with $18.4 million over the holiday weekend. The film is nowhere near the success of the first film. The original 2006 movie grew 22% during its second week and had a total of $99.3 million. Two only has made $44.8 million so far. Ouch.
Arthur Christmas debuted to $17 million as everyone went to see Twilight or The Muppets. However, since this film is about Christmas it should have a great hold-out for the next couple of weeks. The audience was 59% female and garnered an “A-” score on CinemaScore as well as a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. This should also help the film have a steady pace during the coming weeks.
Finally, in fifth place, was Martin Scorsese’s picture, Hugo, with $15.4 million. It actually made $11.25 over the normal three-day weekend which, unbelievably, was Scorsese’s third best opening ever behind Shutter Island and The Departed. Also, the film only opened to just over 1,200 locations which is less than most wide releases usually have. However, Paramount is planning to expand Hugo on Dec. 9.
A Side Note:
The Descendants, which is now playing at a couple of locations in the Seattle Area, expanded to 433 locations which helped it earn a massive $9.24 million. Forget investing in Twilight, your money is better here. When the film expands nationwide in a week or two, it will surely do very well. And I am serious.
The Top 10: (Friday – Sunday only)
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I $42 million
2. The Muppets $29.5 million
3. Happy Feet Two $13.4 million
4. Arthur Christmas $12.7 million
5. Hugo $11.25
6. Jack and Jill $10.3 million
7. Immortals $8.8 million
8. Puss in Boots $7.4 million
9. Tower Heist $7.3 million
10. The Descendants $7.2 million
Not much opening next Friday except the Dane Cook gritty drama film, Answers to Nothing (Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey, Zach Gilford). The comedian did well in Mr. Brooks so it will be interesting to see him do it again in a film with multiple story lines that all interweave around a missing girl case. Opening up limitedly are the foreign sci-fi/fantasy comedy Pastorela (Joaquin Cosio, Eduardo España, Carlos Cobos, Ana Serradilla, Ernesto Yanez) and A Warrior’s Heart (Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Adam Beach, Chord Overstreet). It looks like last week’s releases will get another chance to perform well.