Despite the release of three new family films, last weekend’s box office smash, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, was the number one movie over Thanksgiving weekend. The popular vampire romance is still going strong, grossing $42 million Friday-Sunday and $62 million over the five day weekend.
Out of the new releases, “The Muppets” was by far the most successful. The movie, which is about the Muppets making a comeback, has itself proved that the Muppets can make a comeback. It grossed $29.5 million Friday-Sunday and $42 million since its release last Wednesday.
Despite being equally, or even more, great as “The Muppets”, the weekend’s other new releases didn’t have as strong a debut, whether because of poor marketing or the competition against “Breaking Dawn”. The animated holiday flick “Arthur Christmas” grossed $12.7 million, while Martin Scorsese’s incredibly well-received “Hugo” followed close behind with $11.3 million. Both of these movies are in 3D, but apparently that also was not enough to boost their box office intake. But it is likely, especially with “Hugo”, that more people will turn out for them as good word of mouth spreads—and as “Breaking Dawn” fades out.
Two movies in limited release that have been receiving rave reviews and early Oscar buzz also performed extremely well this weekend against some pretty big competition. “The Descendants”, which stars George Clooney and only opened in just over 20 theaters last weekend, expanded to a little over 400 more theaters nationwide this weekend, boosting it all the way to tenth place with $7.2 million. Meanwhile, “My Week with Marilyn”, a drama centering around the actress Marilyn Monroe just before her untimely death, opened in 244 theaters this weekend and grossed $1.7 million, just enough for it to break into the top twelve.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below (these totals reflect the films’ box office intake from Friday to Sunday). Click the links to read my full review of each film.
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”: $42 million
- “The Muppets”: $29.5 million
- “Happy Feet 2”: $13.4 million
- “Arthur Christmas”: $12.7 million
- “Hugo”: $11.3 million
- “Jack and Jill”: $10.3 million
- “Immortals”: $8.8 million
- “Puss in Boots”: $7.4 million
- “Tower Heist”: $7.3 million
- “The Descendants”: $7.2 million
- “J. Edgar”: $4.9 million
- “My Week with Marilyn”: $1.7 million
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- Wehrenberg Theatres
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- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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