This week:

Twilight‘s Breaking Dawn tops the box office-again; The Muppets score the runner-up spot and Hugo fails to light up the chart on its second week of release.

No major releases were unleashed by studios over the weekend, meaning that movie-goers had to make do with Thanksgiving leftovers. This meant that Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 ruled the roost for the third week in a row. The vampire romance banked $16.9 million over the weekend and upped its cume to a powerful $247.3 million. The Bill Condon directed film has now brought in over $500 globally – a great number, especially after only three weeks on release, and one that will continue to climb.

The Muppets held onto the number two spot, bringing in $11.2 million worth of green. The much loved characters dipped around 62% from last weekend giving them a total of $56.1 million – about $10 million more than the film’s production cost.

Hugo was third, after scoring another $7.6 million. The Martin Scorsese picture has now grossed $25.2 million, a far cry from its reported $150 million budget. Time will tell if it was a solid bet by Paramount.

Arthur Christmas grabbed fourth place, grossing $7.3 million over the weekend, for a $25 million total cume. It has about three more weeks to make money and then this Christmas themed ‘toon will melt like the winter snow.

Happy Feet 2 continues to underperform. The animated sequel brought in $6 million for $51.7 million total. Maybe they should re-title it Unhappy Feet for the DVD release.

Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill laughed up another $5.5 million, upping its cume to $64.3 million. A so-so number for Sandler, whose movies routinely gross $100 million.

George Clooney starrer The Descendants was in seventh place after grossing an additional $5.2 million. The Alexander Payne directed film has a total gross currently standing at a smidgen over $18 million. These are good numbers when you consider that the film is playing in less than 600 theaters.

Sword and sandal pic Immortals sliced up another $4.3 million, bringing its total to $75.5 million – the same number as its production budget. The Henry Cavill film has now banked over $170 million worldwide.

Tower Heist swiped another $4.1 million over the last three days upping its cumulative gross to $70 million. This is a solid number, but one that should have been much, much higher.

Puss in Boots rounded out the top ten. The Antonio Banderas voiced animated film grossed an additional $3 million, giving it a total of $139.5 million, a great number considering that it had a lacklustre debut. The ‘toon had a production budget of $130 million, but it has now grossed over $200 million worldwide.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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Source: Box Office Mojo