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Weekend Box-Office: December 2-4, 2011

12.04.2011

The Twilight Saga is still more popular than The Muppets!(?)

A new week but the same story, at least as far as the top two movies at the box office. The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday is always one of the year's slowest for box office business, and with the lack of new cinematic releases, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (PART 1) had enough leftovers in the fanbase to put it at #1 for a third week with $16.5M.

Audiences are apparently indifferent to the return of THE MUPPETS as the fuzzy chums dropped 62% from last week with just $11.2M (let's hope that apathy doesn't mean it'll be another 12 years before they get another shot on the big screen). But Martin Scorsese's 3D effort HUGO held on strong (and expanded onto a few hundred more screens), losing only a third of last week's total and hitting 3rd place with another $7.6M. But considering its budget (somewhere around $150M), it better have healthy legs for the long haul.

Also clinging to its slot from last week (and only dropping 39%) was ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, which should definitely be able to hang around the chart right through the holiday. While it hasn't hit the same overall tally yet, Aardman's merry CG movie seems to be performing better than HAPPY FEET TWO, which is sliding down the list and won't come close to the first movie's nearly $200M total.

Although I suspected it would make the Top 5, George Clooney's drama THE DESCENDANTS was held down to 7th place by JACK AND JILL and HAPPY FEET TWO, but its $5.2M is still powerful considering it's only at 574 locations (compared to the 3000+ of those two movies). And with $18M already banked and award chatter continuing, the movie could stick around for awhile. (Also getting similar attention outside the Top 10 is MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, which swept up $1.1M in just 244 theaters.)

Next weekend has another movie getting a big head start on the holiday as the all-star romcom NEW YEAR'S EVE opens, with Jonah Hill's R-rated comedy THE SITTER presenting the only major competition. But if you're looking for a more elusive alternative, there are several films arriving in limited release, including WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, I MELT WITH YOU, W.E. and the Diablo Cody/Jason Reitman reunion YOUNG ADULT (which expands later in December).

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) $16.9 M $247.3 M
2. The Muppets $11.2 M $56.1 M
3. Hugo $7.6 M $25.1 M
4. Arthur Christmas $7.3 M $25.2 M
5. Happy Feet 2 $6 M $51.7 M
6. Jack and Jill $5.5 M $64 M
7. The Descendants $5.2 M $18 M
8. Immortals $4.3 M $75.5 M
9. Tower Heist $4.1 M $70.8 M
10. Puss In Boots $3 M $139.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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7:29AM on 12/05/2011

great...!

If you ask me they should keep making crap like the Twilight franchise. Just think about it, the more teenagers go to see these movies the emptier (and thus more comfy) theaters with real good ones are.
If you ask me they should keep making crap like the Twilight franchise. Just think about it, the more teenagers go to see these movies the emptier (and thus more comfy) theaters with real good ones are.
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4:41AM on 12/05/2011
I can't wait for this Twilight crap to be done with so that movies that are actually deserving get the box office spotlight.
I'm all for variety and I understand that Twilight has its target audience but it just annoys me when we have faaaar better films coming out that get overlooked because they're not mainstream enough. Nope, some people just want a confused tease who can't choose between a wolf-boy who loves taking his shirt off and a vegetarian vampire that sparkles.
I can't wait for this Twilight crap to be done with so that movies that are actually deserving get the box office spotlight.
I'm all for variety and I understand that Twilight has its target audience but it just annoys me when we have faaaar better films coming out that get overlooked because they're not mainstream enough. Nope, some people just want a confused tease who can't choose between a wolf-boy who loves taking his shirt off and a vegetarian vampire that sparkles.
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2:52AM on 12/05/2011
Over at my naval base, which isn't massive or anything our movie theater Sunday aired The Muppets for the 1st time. It wasn't even 1/8 of the way full and I was about 1 of 4 or 6 grown adults who didn't have kids with them. Sucks for the rest of humanity missing out.
Over at my naval base, which isn't massive or anything our movie theater Sunday aired The Muppets for the 1st time. It wasn't even 1/8 of the way full and I was about 1 of 4 or 6 grown adults who didn't have kids with them. Sucks for the rest of humanity missing out.
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12:20AM on 12/05/2011
What's this Twilight Sage movie?
What's this Twilight Sage movie?
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10:45PM on 12/04/2011

It saddens me...

To see well-reviewed, well-liked family movies wind up underperforming at the box office when we all know Chipmunks 3 and other tripe will wipe up.

To quote Professor Farnsworth: I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
To see well-reviewed, well-liked family movies wind up underperforming at the box office when we all know Chipmunks 3 and other tripe will wipe up.

To quote Professor Farnsworth: I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
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9:06PM on 12/04/2011

soooo

not one word about SHAME?
not one word about SHAME?
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8:06PM on 12/04/2011
It will drop next week, but to another shit movie....New Years Eve.
It will drop next week, but to another shit movie....New Years Eve.
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7:12PM on 12/04/2011

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I know this won't go over well here, but Twilight, there's something about it. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have this hold over me, every time I hear or see something about Twilight, I can't help but grab a gun and shoot myself in the head. Unfortunately, I'm still here and so is Flashlight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
I know this won't go over well here, but Twilight, there's something about it. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have this hold over me, every time I hear or see something about Twilight, I can't help but grab a gun and shoot myself in the head. Unfortunately, I'm still here and so is Flashlight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
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6:33PM on 12/04/2011
I like how Jack and Jill made more this weekend than the actual total it has made.
I like how Jack and Jill made more this weekend than the actual total it has made.
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6:10PM on 12/04/2011

Movie makes 50 million dollars and has stellar reviews...

"Audiences are indifferent to the return of The Muppets" ...
"Audiences are indifferent to the return of The Muppets" ...
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6:35PM on 12/04/2011
right?! lol
right?! lol
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6:06PM on 12/04/2011
I was just reading that the reason for the low box office is because there is a lack of movies for guys. all the movies right now are for women and kids. this should all change starting next week.
I was just reading that the reason for the low box office is because there is a lack of movies for guys. all the movies right now are for women and kids. this should all change starting next week.
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5:56PM on 12/04/2011
OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here come all the negatives, red boxes, and something unwitty and unfunny by halflife.
OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here come all the negatives, red boxes, and something unwitty and unfunny by halflife.
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12:31AM on 12/05/2011
Awww, thanks you remember me :)

I wouldn't want to disappoint you, now would I?

There's nothing to really say about you anymore, that this ENTIRE site already knows. You like shit, you support shit, and you like to stir up shit. So, yeah, that sums it up.
Awww, thanks you remember me :)

I wouldn't want to disappoint you, now would I?

There's nothing to really say about you anymore, that this ENTIRE site already knows. You like shit, you support shit, and you like to stir up shit. So, yeah, that sums it up.
1:36AM on 12/06/2011
With a comment like that, you have come to expect this all the time.
With a comment like that, you have come to expect this all the time.
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