“The Twilight Saga” may revolve around the undead, but it sure breathed new life into the box office this weekend. Thanks to the fourth and second-to-the-last film based on the popular teen vampire romance novels, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, box office was up 14% from this time last year. “Breaking Dawn” itself fell just a few million dollars short of setting a record for the series. It debuted at $139.5 million (the second film in the series, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, still has the largest opening weekend gross of the series at just over $142 million). It will be interesting to see if “Breaking Dawn” can keep up this success through the holiday weekend, or if all the new movies being released over Thanksgiving will knock it out of the running (that, and the fact that the majority of fans who wanted to see this movie likely saw it this weekend; it could, however, benefit from repeat viewings).
The weekend’s other new release, however, wasn’t so hot. “Happy Feet Two”, the sequel to the 2006 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, came in second with $22.02 million. That’s less than half of what “Happy Feet” debuted to. It’s hard to say whether this was due to lackluster reviews or the fact that five years have passed between the two films and now no one really cares about the dancing penguins anymore.
On the other hand, “The Descendants”, which was released in twenty-nine theaters nationwide this weekend, had quite a noteworthy debut. The drama starring George Clooney has received rave reviews, and despite its very limited release, that was apparently enough to pack people in at the theater to see it. It debuted in tenth with $1.2 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full reviews of each film.
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”: $139.5 million
- “Happy Feet Two”: $22.02 million
- “Immortals”: $12.2 million
- “Jack and Jill”: $12 million
- “Puss in Boots”: $10.7 million
- “Tower Heist”: $7 million
- “J. Edgar”: $5.9 million
- “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas”: $2.9 million
- “In Time”: $1.6 million
- “The Descendants”: $1.2 million
- “Paranormal Activity 3”: $1 million
- “Footloose”: $835,000
Check out showtimes for this movie and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- 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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