This weekend saw a couple new wide release but both failed miserably as the top 12 movies only combined to make $69.7 million. That is the second worst weekend gross of the year. New Year’s Eve bombed compared to Valentine’s Day and The Sitter suffered from bad advertising and just Jonah Hill.
New Year’s Eve made a weak $13.7 million which was way off from Valentine’s Day $56.3 million opening. This could be a sign that not many people enjoyed Valentine’s Day and its “patchwork structure”. Though there is still a couple weeks left until New Year’s, the movie may hold well even though it still did not perform like expected.
In second place was The Sitter which barely made it into the double digits with $10 million. The film is the latest R-rated comedy to fail to hit the mid-teens range since The Change-Up back in August.
Breaking Dawn Part I slid a couple of slots to third place with $7.9 million as it dropped 52% from the previous weekend. However, on Saturday the film did surpass The Hangover Part II to become the third highest grossing film of the year. The top two so far are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The Muppets dipped only 36% with $7.1 million for the weekend. It now has grossed a total of $65.8 million.
In fifth place was Arthur Christmas which only fell a slight 11% from last week with $6.6 million thanks to Christmas being just around the corner. So far, it has grossed just $33.5 million.
A Side Note:
Two high-profile limited release films opened up this weekend. Diablo Cody’s (writer of Juno, Jennifer’s Body) new film, Young Adult, made $320,000 from 8 locations. That’s not a great opening weekend for a high-profile film like this but it will be expanding to 1,000 locations next week. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy grossed $301,000 from 4 locations. That is a much better opening as it averaged $75,184 per theater. The film will be expanding slowly as there is no nation-wide release date just yet.
The Top 10:
1. New Year’s Eve $13.7 million
2. The Sitter $10 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I $7.9 million
4. The Muppets $7.1 million
5. Arthur Christmas $6.6 million
6. Hugo $6.1 million
7. The Descendants $4.8 million
8. Happy Feet Two $3.7 million
9. Jack and Jill $3.2 million
10. Immortals $2.4 million
It’s about time we see some high profile wide release. The very publicized Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg) opens up in IMAX only (Opens everywhere Dec. 21st) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams) also makes its debut. Other movies opening up are Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 3D (Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney), and Carnage (Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly).