Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 27th, 2011

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Twilight Breaking Dawn holds the top spot over Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 27th, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend saw some strong numbers at the box office, but there were no major break-out hits. A crowded market place saw quite a few solid numbers, but the overall weekend was down compared to last year.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 was the undisputed king, taking in $42 million over the three days. The vampire film now has a total of $221 million, which is double the production budget. The Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart/Taylor Lautner love triangle has now scored about $400 million around the globe.

The Muppets (read our review) made their debut at #2 – taking $43.5 million worth of green (yeah, Kermit) since its Wendesday launch ($29.5 million over the three days). That just about covers the film’s production budget, but Disney did a heavy marketing push for the movie, meaning that it’ll need to bring home a lot of bacon (sorry, Miss Piggy) if it wants to be profitable. Having said that, Kermit and company look set to deliver their highest grossing film to date, besting 1979’s The Muppet Movie which grossed $65 million, although that was at a time when ticket prices (and budgets) were much lower. It did however, do much better than the last Muppet feature, Muppets in Space, which grossed just $16 million in 1999. That film cost $24 million, and scored just $22 million worldwide.The Muppets debut at number 2 over Thanksgiving Weekend Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 27th, 2011

Animated bomb Happy Feet 2 brought in $13 million over the three days, giving the penguin sequel a total of just over $43.7 million – not good considering that the film cost well in excess of $100 million, not including its marketing campaign.

Animated Christmas tale Arthur Christmas debuted with $12.2 million for the three days or $17 million over the fiveday weekend. The Aardman animation film was in line with their 2005 Wallace and Gromit effort The Curse of the Were-Rabbit which banked $16 million on its debut, on its way to $56 million. Arthur Christmas has potential to top that – if it has a decent run up to Christmas.

Martin Scorsese’s pricey Hugo should see the out the Thanksgiving weekend with about $15.3 million ($11 million over the three days. The 3D film has had fantastic reviews (read ours here) but that doesn’t seem to have translated into an amazing gross. The film is playing in about 2,000 fewer theatres than The Muppets and Happy Feet (and about 3,000 fewer than Twilight!), so it’s not a disaster, and Paramount will undoubtedly roll it out on more screens to gain momentum. It has a solid chance at some awards traction, and should do well on the international scene.

Hugo debuts at five Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 27th, 2011

Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill (which we didn’t bother to review) banked a further $14 million over Thanksgiving, for a $57 million total; while Immortals grossed another $13 million, giving it a solid, but unspectacular $69 million.

Puss In Boots grossed $8.8 million over the three days,  for a $13 million total, not bad considering that it debuted to “only” $34 million. The $130 million budgeted ‘toon has now banked around $200 million internationally.

Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist stole around $10 million from audiences over the turkey weekend. The Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy has now banked $65 million so far, about $10 million less than its production budget.

George Clooney’s latest awards contender – The Descendants rounded out the top 10. The Alexander Payne dramedy has had great reviews, and they’ve translated to $9.5 million Thanksgiving weekend ($7.2 million over the three days) – not bad for a film that is playing in just over 400 theaters.

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

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Source: Boxoffice Mojo

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  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! OMG, Breaking Dawn is No. 1 two weeks in a row! I can’t wait for Part 2! It’ll be even bigger! Woooo!

    • OMG!
      You like, posted that in Deadline and EW too!

  2. Twilight – OMG OMG – whatever. Soap Opera garbage. Badly acted, horribly directed, terribly scripted, and best of all – the worst casting ever. Twilight makes Vampire Diaries look like an award winning series. And that’s saying a lot.

    If Breaking Yawn (er – Dawn) hadn’t been playing the Muppet’s would’ve been #1, followed by Hugo. I (and I’ve read book one) cannot WAIT until HUNGER GAMES comes crashing onto the big screen in all it’s awesomeness! Now there’s a real book that’s written amazingly well. If anyone pre-teen/teen/ wants a real role model – Katniss Everdeen.

    • Oh my goodness. Explain please how a movie that’s made $400mil or so around the world has made bad casting choices? When a movie is that successful, no matter what you’re invalid opinion of it is, it’s pretty freaking successful. Im pretty sure that’s the definition of successful!

      And i don’t even like the movie!

  3. OMG OMG LIEK OMFG.

    I SO LIEK CAN NOT LIEK WAIT FOR LIEK BREAKING LIEK DAWN PART LIEK 2 LIEK.

    That way I will never hear a another hormonally aroused teen age girl who is completely oblivious to what a good movie is praise such a pile of garbage EVER AGAIN!

  4. Awww, sour grapes!? ^-^

  5. I’m hoping that the Muppets does very well. It definitely deserves it.

  6. Only because we talked about it on Friday, A dangerous Method opened to a huge $241,000 on only 4 theaters over the 5 day weekend, so expect an expansion of some sort.

    Even more impressive though was The Artist, which was released on Friday and made a whopping $210,000 on 4 screens in 3 days. Great for a black and white silent movie. Really excited to see that one.

  7. Wow. How can someone be SO angry because a movie (breaking dawn) does so well. Not only to be angry but to go on a rant reminiscent of a 10 year old child.

  8. I had a free pass to see Jack & Jill: terrible. What happened to Adam Sandler? He used to be somewhat funny(Happy Gilmore).

  9. I’m really surprised that Arthur Christmas didn’t do that well. I took my boys and grandchild, and we all loved it.

    • It opened weakly, but it was given this release date because the studio beleives that word of mouth will keep it alive till Christmas.

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