Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 20th, 2011

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Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 has massive opening at the box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 20th, 2011

The penultimate installment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn-Part 1 topped the box office over the weekend grossing a massive $139 million. This fourth big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel series banked $72 million on Friday – the third highest opening day ever behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’s $91 million and The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s $72.7 million.

Longevity is the key here, and Breaking Dawn (read our review) will undoubtedly be front-loaded, taking a massive hit next weekend. Although, having said that – the vampire romance has already covered its $110 million production budget, but it’ll be interesting to see if it beats the franchise high of Eclipse’s $300 million domestic gross.

Director George Miller hasn’t been having a good time recently – professionally speaking. First the plug was pulled on his Justice League film, Mad Max is caught up in all sorts of delays, and now Happy Feet 2 has failed to meet expectations at the box office. The penguin themed ‘toon scored just $22 million over the weekend – about 50% of the first film’s launch back in 2006. These numbers are even more worrying when you factor in the added ticket price of 3D. It’s not the first time that Miller has fumbled a sequel to a hit family film. In 1998 he helmed the $90 million Babe: Pig in the City, the sequel to the 1995 hit which grossed $63 million (over $254 million worldwide). That porky sequel grossed $18 million at the US box office and just $69 million around the globe.

Happy Feet 2 fails to meet expectations Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 20th, 2011

Immortals dipped 62% from last week’s launch, banking $12.2 million for a $52.9 million total. It’s not great, but the film has now covered its $75 million production budget with the help of its international run.

Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill took quite a hit. Dipping 50% from last weekend for a $12 million take. That gives the comedy over $41 million – not a good number when it was produced on a budget of almost $80 million.

Puss In Boots continues to impress, after a relatively disappointing debut. The Shrek spin-off scored a smidgen under $10.7 million for a $122 million total.

Tower Heist stole another $7 million from audiences. That weekend gross gives the Brett Ratner comedy a $53.7 million total, with international numbers helping it to cover its $75 million cost.

Clint Eastwood’s J.Edgar failed to find audience love. The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer brought in $5.9 million, giving it a $20 million cumulative gross. Eastwood is an efficient filmmaker, and Edgar cost just $35 million to produce, but the film will be a tough sell on the international scene – even with DiCaprio’s star-power.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas laughed up an additional $2.9 million for a $28 million total, while In Time scored another $2 million for a $33 million gross.

George Clooney’s latest awards contender The Descendants cracked the top ten on limited release. The dramedy should play well during the awards season and it should go on to be profitable, having a production cost of just $20 million.

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

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! OMG, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is absolutely incredible! I can’t wait for Part 2! MORE MORE MORE!!!! Don’t ever stop making Twilight movies! They’ve never been better…never! Never better! Woooo! :)

    • Really??OMG?? You must be fascinated by shiny objects… but always remember that objects do look smaller in the mirror and you might just make it in life.


      • At negacrowbar

        Why do u have to be so rude. So they loved the movie. Ya know what I did too. It was a intense movie that I really enjoyed. It was amazing and I plan on seeing it again. Your entitled to your opinion but u don’t have to reply to them directly.

        • Thank you for defending. It seems that every time someone likes anything remotely Twilight you get stamped on, on this site. It wasn’t always like that here…

    • I think that is the definition of a personal attack isn’t it?

  2. Despite being an excellent actor I don’t think DiCaprio has massive box office star power in the sense that his films will generate huge grosses on his name alone. Inception was sold on Christopher Nolan’s rep and preceded Dark Knight. Shutter Island too was a Martin Scorsese film first, DiCaprio film second.

    Say what you will about the Twilight franchise, but it has more box office success with each following entry and doesn’t need to rely on 3D.

    • I think Leo is such a flat actor (just my oppion), but he picks great scripts, great directors. I never go see one of his movies for him, it is always everything but him.

      As far as the Twilight Series go… I enjoyed the books, but did not like the 4th one so I am on the fence about seeing the movie, maybe when it comes down a little bit.

  3. Like the article said, we’ll see just how many legs BD has next weekend. I had a chance to see a movie this weekend and settle on Harold & Kumar; I just don’t understand why people like this stuff. I found the movie extremely insulting to minorities, Christians and Jews (I wonder why there were no Islam jokes); I did laugh a few times though.

  4. I saw puss in boots this weekend. It was actualy pretty good.

  5. Happy Feet 2 aka Stinky Feet Part Deux is a terrible film. Not a family film at all. They clearly did not have a knowledgeable digital effect supervisor. There is no clear art direction, no character design. The camera work is constantly bringing attention to itself. The character development is weak. The gags are horrible. The direction is pretentious. Save your money. Don’t make the same mistake I made. Ugh.