This weekend, Summit’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One was the film to beat at the box office, and– as expected– no one came close. After months of hype-building, Twilight: Breaking Dawn managed to earn a jaw-dropping quarter-billion dollars worldwide (actually, it was $283m, but who’s counting?), while the family comedy Happy Feet 2 came in a distant second-place with just $22m. Wanna know more? Read on for this Weekend Box Office report, my gentle Examiner readers…
It’s been a good, long while since we ran a Weekend Box Office report here at Comedy Examiner HQ, and with good reason: there simply hasn’t been much in the way of “news” as far as the box office has been concerned. For a couple months now, just about every film– from Paranormal Activity 3 to the seemingly-cursed Tower Heist— has performed about as well (or as poorly) as everyone expected ’em to, which has made reading the weekly box office tallies something of a bore.
This week, though, there’s a bit of unusual news to share. Well, fine, maybe not “unusual”, but certainly news: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One (a film we weren’t too kind to when we reviewed it earlier this week; read that review here) pulled in over $139m in the United States since late Thursday night, and has raked in an astounding $283m worldwide over the same time frame. Everyone was expecting this flick to do well, but…over a quarter-billion in just three-and-a-half days? That’s incredible.
It’s also sad, but let’s not editorialize. Instead, let’s just jump right into this week’s top ten:
TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN: $139.5m, $283m worldwide
HAPPY FEET 2: $22m (new)
IMMORTALS: $12.2m, $52.9m cume
JACK AND JILL: $12m, $41m cume
PUSS IN BOOTS: $10.7m, $122.3m cume
TOWER HEIST: $6.9m, $53.3m cume
J. EDGAR: $5.9m, $20.6m cume
HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D: $2.9m, $28.3m cume
IN TIME: $1.6m, $33.4m cume
THE DESCENDANTS: $1.2m, $1.3m cume
So, things worth noting.
For one thing, that’s a massive take for Summit and the Twilight team. Despite the fact that the film has failed to thrill critics (on Wednesday, the film was sitting at an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, rose to 27% on Friday, and now sits at a lowly…27%), fans of the sparkling-vampire series turned out in droves to see the latest adaptation of Stephenie Meyers’ books. The good news is, there’s only one Twilight film left (assuming Meyers doesn’t foist another one upon us), so we’re only going to have to go through this “being shocked by the massive amount of money being wasted on tickets to Twilight movies” thing one more time.
Secondly, Alexandre Payne’s The Descendants seems to be doing well, managing to earn $1.3m on just 29 screens nationwide (for comparison’s sake: In Time earned a similar amount from about 2,500 theaters). Word on the street is, Payne may see some Oscar-nominations when the Academy Awards roll around this year– right now, it’s looking like “Best Actor” (for star George Clooney), “Best Director”, and “Best Picture” nods are in the works. We haven’t seen the film yet here at Comedy Examiner HQ, but we’ve heard nothing but good things thus far.
Meanwhile, Harold and Kumar‘s third outing seems to have stalled out, while J. Edgar seems to have pleased no one. Both of these films might be considered “disappointments” by their home studios, but one must assume that J. Edgar‘s the bigger disappointment of the two: with Eastwood behind the camera, DiCaprio in front of it, and a period setting (which calls for a whole bunch of costumes, sets, and the like to pull off its own reality), it must have cost a pretty penny. Anyone actually seen this? We’ve heard it’s boring.
Those are the big stories out of this weekend’s box office report, folks. Stay tuned next week when we take a look at how The Muppets did over the Thanksgiving break (we’re guessing that it’s gonna mop the floor with this week’s Happy Feet 2, which is off to a soft start). As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section if you’ve got anything you’d like to add to all this.
Oh, and while you’re here: don’t forget to check out our Twilight: Breaking Dawn review.
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