December 5 2011

Breaking Dawn Takes the Top Box Office Spot for a Third Weekend

Breaking Dawn - Part 1 movie posterApparently nothing can stop the freight train that is the Twilight series.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 took the top spot at the box office for a third weekend in a row with $16.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $247.3 million off of a $110 million dollar budget. Add in its international take and the film has brought in $588.3 million. It looks like splitting the fourth and final book into two movies was the right idea.

Coming in second was The Muppets with a hefty 61.7% drop from their opening weekend. They brought in $11.2 million, but that was somewhat expected with their opening having been a holiday weekend.

Third place went to the Martin Scorsese children’s book adaptation, Hugo. It went into a wider release this weekend which kept its decline down to 32.9% to bring in $7.6 million.   This brings its domestic total to $25.1 million with no word yet on what the budget was or how it’s doing internationally.  Considering the advertising push I saw for it in England, I’m thinking this may be a film more targeted at the international audience.

Arthur Christmas, may be another film with more of an international play behind it. You couldn’t escape the promotional push on this film over there, and seeing as it’s doing better on the international front, I can see why. It came in fourth this weekend on the domestic front with $7.3 million.

Coming in fifth was Happy Feet Two which may be shaping up to be one of the biggest disappointments of the year. It brought in $6 million this weekend bringing its domestic total to $51.7 million. Seeing as the original did over $41 million its opening weekend, you can see things are not going well here.

The big releases for next weekend are the star-studded New Year’s Eve and the comedy The Sitter.  The latter looks especially painful and formulaic.

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