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Weekend Box-Office: November 18-20, 2011

Nov. 20, 2011by: Dave Davis

The Twilight Saga continues to be huge!

Perhaps the only surprise this weekend was that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (PART 1) didn't end up being the biggest opening in the franchise (NEW MOON kicked off with $142.7M), but its 3-day take of $139.5 million is still a healthy bite of box office. It might get a boost from the upcoming holiday and repeat viewings, but the series does tend to plunge in its second week as the core audience has already mobbed the theaters on opening day (half that BREAKING DAWN take was just from Friday).

And also as expected, it was kind of a wasteland for the rest of the movies in release. The only other new contender was HAPPY FEET TWO, and those penguins danced into second place with just $22 million (only 2/3rds of what I had predicted). Looks like there isn't too much interest remaining in the cute and chilly CG creatures, but it wasn't because the family crowds were still heading to PUSS IN BOOTS -- the cat competitor was down in fifth with just over $10M.

IMMORTALS got hacked down to just $12.3M (a drop of 62%) and a $53M overall, meaning Relativity's stylish god-war obviously won't see anything close to the success of 300 ($210M total), which it was clearly emulating. And somehow there are still Americans who want to see Adam Sandler in drag, and so JACK AND JILL made another $12M.

The only other notable occurrence on this week's chart is that George Clooney's drama THE DESCENDANTS managed to sneak into 10th place, despite only playing on 29 screens. With an array of solid reviews, it's probable that George will hang around for a while as the movie goes wider and picks up awards buzz. It doesn't seem as likely that J. EDGAR will stay around long, but A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS might get a little love from people in the holiday spirit this upcoming weekend.

A new trio of Wednesday openings will battle for the eyeballs of families gathering for feasts: THE MUPPETS, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and HUGO. For something a little more adult, there will also be a few intriguing films in limited release, including David Cronenberg's A DANGEROUS METHOD, THE ARTIST, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and RAMPART. Do you plan on hitting the theater on Thanksgiving? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) $139.5 M
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2. Happy Feet 2 $22 M
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3. Immortals $12.2 M $52.9 M
4. Jack and Jill $12 M $41 M
5. Puss In Boots $10.7 M $122.3 M
6. Tower Heist $7 M $53.4 M
7. J. Edgar $5.9 M $20.6 M
8. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas $2.9 M $28.3 M
9. In Time $1.6 M $33.4 M
10. The Descendants $1.2 M
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2:20PM on 11/23/2011
The Strikebacks are so entertaining at times.
The Strikebacks are so entertaining at times.
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7:46PM on 11/21/2011

LOL

The family movies and Happy Feet didn't do well because adults don't want to try going to see any movie while those Twilight bastards are conjesting the theaters. I'll gladly wait a week to take my kids to see Happy feet, the day after Thanksgiving.
The family movies and Happy Feet didn't do well because adults don't want to try going to see any movie while those Twilight bastards are conjesting the theaters. I'll gladly wait a week to take my kids to see Happy feet, the day after Thanksgiving.
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1:04PM on 11/21/2011

Ughh The_Soloist

He's that one guy where you can't believe there's someone out there with that bad of taste of movies. He's a PURE product of this new generation of movie goers. He enjoys SHIT, and I can probably guarantee that his taste in everything else is quite similar.

While I do think Transformers blows the big one too, but throwing in the Hobbit and LOTR?? They don't even compare you dumb tool.
He's that one guy where you can't believe there's someone out there with that bad of taste of movies. He's a PURE product of this new generation of movie goers. He enjoys SHIT, and I can probably guarantee that his taste in everything else is quite similar.

While I do think Transformers blows the big one too, but throwing in the Hobbit and LOTR?? They don't even compare you dumb tool.
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1:59PM on 11/21/2011
I see him more as someone who has an opinion on everything, and says dumb things mainly to get a rise out of other people. He's enjoying this right now.
I see him more as someone who has an opinion on everything, and says dumb things mainly to get a rise out of other people. He's enjoying this right now.
9:45AM on 11/21/2011

Leave Soloist alone

While I don't agree with him attacking Transformers or LOTR.. I get his point.. Stop attacking people who like Twilight.. It doesn't make sense. If you don't like something, move on. I can understand being mad at a director for fucking up something you love. But to constantly point out how much you hate something you have no interest in is ridiculous.. Plain and simple, it looks like jealousy. I've watched all the Twilights and although they are not masterpieces I can understand why people
While I don't agree with him attacking Transformers or LOTR.. I get his point.. Stop attacking people who like Twilight.. It doesn't make sense. If you don't like something, move on. I can understand being mad at a director for fucking up something you love. But to constantly point out how much you hate something you have no interest in is ridiculous.. Plain and simple, it looks like jealousy. I've watched all the Twilights and although they are not masterpieces I can understand why people love them. They are my guilty plaesure. I genuinly want to see the end result, becuase it hooked me like a soap opera and I'm curious. So stop being haters.. There's a lot of vagina in those theaters.
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12:38PM on 11/21/2011
Thank you.
Thank you.
12:59PM on 11/21/2011
guilty pleasure? Wow you must be pretty desperate to want to know what happens to these bland, 2d, unoriginal fucking characters. Good job defending your butt buddy too.
guilty pleasure? Wow you must be pretty desperate to want to know what happens to these bland, 2d, unoriginal fucking characters. Good job defending your butt buddy too.
9:22AM on 11/21/2011
Not sure if it's just me but those white shorts on Kristen Stewart are making me second guess my opinions on this franchise.
Not sure if it's just me but those white shorts on Kristen Stewart are making me second guess my opinions on this franchise.
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8:51AM on 11/21/2011

Soloist brought up a good discussion point

Proactively pursuing a hatred for the Twilight series, at this point, is pretty lame. We've established our response, those of us who don't like the movies. That said, it's not "hating" to remain consistent in our opinion that the movies have sucked; just because there's a vogue of dislike doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't voice your dislike when it's part of the topic at hand. I saw the first two for the Rifftrax, and honestly thought the first one was just Eh. It's the second one that
Proactively pursuing a hatred for the Twilight series, at this point, is pretty lame. We've established our response, those of us who don't like the movies. That said, it's not "hating" to remain consistent in our opinion that the movies have sucked; just because there's a vogue of dislike doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't voice your dislike when it's part of the topic at hand. I saw the first two for the Rifftrax, and honestly thought the first one was just Eh. It's the second one that was a field day for fans and absolute garbage for everyone else, imo.
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12:39PM on 11/21/2011
Thank you.
Thank you.
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7:17AM on 11/21/2011
Lol The_Soloist, your posts get worse each time I see you do one. I understand that seeing something you hold dear getting bashed can be awkward but believe me, no one's doing it to look cool. The films are terrible. I initially put this down to the story and actors but it's really just down to the characters for me. The characters are downright ridiculous, mopey boring twats. I've seen 3 of these damn films giving them all a chance because even though I'm proven wrong over and over I just
Lol The_Soloist, your posts get worse each time I see you do one. I understand that seeing something you hold dear getting bashed can be awkward but believe me, no one's doing it to look cool. The films are terrible. I initially put this down to the story and actors but it's really just down to the characters for me. The characters are downright ridiculous, mopey boring twats. I've seen 3 of these damn films giving them all a chance because even though I'm proven wrong over and over I just think 'a vamp/werewolf movie can be that bad, right?'.

Yeh, I stand corrected.

Lashing out at the Hobbit just made you look silly though. And as sneekyfox mentioned - all that money and they're still throwing out shitty production value. Beyond LotR, the T-Rex in Jurassic Park blows everything in Twilight away. Ah well, at least those bigwigs have their pockets padded by these girls and girlboys flocking to see their shite.
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5:29AM on 11/21/2011

oh soloist, i shall tell you why:

the reason why the hobbit and LOTR are better, is because they are beautifully written and well put together. so much so that, despite their complexity, they were able to be put into film AND be pretty damn amazing incarnations of the original material. Twilight meanders on and on, has weak characters and could have used some heavy editing down, and so the movie versions, despite having excellent directors and reletively good casting (arguable i know) are paper thin, shallow reflections of the
the reason why the hobbit and LOTR are better, is because they are beautifully written and well put together. so much so that, despite their complexity, they were able to be put into film AND be pretty damn amazing incarnations of the original material. Twilight meanders on and on, has weak characters and could have used some heavy editing down, and so the movie versions, despite having excellent directors and reletively good casting (arguable i know) are paper thin, shallow reflections of the original material. its not about being 'cool' and disliking something simply because others do(how very high school to think so). its about acknoledging which is better written, better translated to film, and had more work put into it.

oh and PS, with all the cash they're making on these movies, dont you feel ripped off that your CGI wolves still looked like badly lit cartoons? because LOTRs managed to make gollum look real and it was made in the early 2000s.
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12:45AM on 11/21/2011

The Soloist Shut Up!

You going to rip on the Hobbit which is a billion times better than any twilight garbage. Go jerk off to Ryan Renyolds fag. Sorry to be mean and nasty but you don't fuck with the Lords of the Rings and Hobbit.
You going to rip on the Hobbit which is a billion times better than any twilight garbage. Go jerk off to Ryan Renyolds fag. Sorry to be mean and nasty but you don't fuck with the Lords of the Rings and Hobbit.
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10:25PM on 11/20/2011

Oh Yeah!!!!!!

Glad to see this at number one and making the money it deserves. Now thumb me down because it's cool not to like these movies and to hate on them but cool to be obsessed with something just as generic as The Hobbit or Transformers.
Glad to see this at number one and making the money it deserves. Now thumb me down because it's cool not to like these movies and to hate on them but cool to be obsessed with something just as generic as The Hobbit or Transformers.
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10:29PM on 11/20/2011
the hobbit will be much better than these twilight movies and transformers combined
the hobbit will be much better than these twilight movies and transformers combined
11:12PM on 11/20/2011
Now I wonder what would've happened if nobody accepted your challenge and just left it at +0. Would you have been disappointed? Twilight made money, you like Twilight, and I don't care.
Now I wonder what would've happened if nobody accepted your challenge and just left it at +0. Would you have been disappointed? Twilight made money, you like Twilight, and I don't care.
12:58PM on 11/21/2011
I know I usually troll you with questions wondering why your on this site. But after seeing this comment, and you admitting you like this bullshit series, I've come to the conclusion that your a fucking idiot.....that's it.
I know I usually troll you with questions wondering why your on this site. But after seeing this comment, and you admitting you like this bullshit series, I've come to the conclusion that your a fucking idiot.....that's it.
7:58PM on 11/20/2011
Looking at that pic up there, and knowing zero about the Twilight universe, how the fuck is a vampire walking around in the daylight? Besides being emo tween bitch movies did they really bastardize the mythology of vampires also?
Looking at that pic up there, and knowing zero about the Twilight universe, how the fuck is a vampire walking around in the daylight? Besides being emo tween bitch movies did they really bastardize the mythology of vampires also?
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8:55PM on 11/20/2011
In Twilight, vampires don't die from sunlight, they just sparkle. Although apparently not when they play chess.
In Twilight, vampires don't die from sunlight, they just sparkle. Although apparently not when they play chess.
9:00PM on 11/20/2011
Gary Oldman could walk around during the day in Bram Stoker's Dracula : /
Gary Oldman could walk around during the day in Bram Stoker's Dracula : /
7:56PM on 11/20/2011
Hugo on Wednesday! I'm so looking forward to it.
Hugo on Wednesday! I'm so looking forward to it.
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6:16PM on 11/20/2011

Only one more to go lads.

The storm is nearly over, and The Hobbit Part One awaits us on the other side...
The storm is nearly over, and The Hobbit Part One awaits us on the other side...
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10:22PM on 11/20/2011
It's not okay for fans to like Twilight and get bashed on, but it's perfectly okay to be a LOTR geek? I don't get it. The Hobbit fans shouldn't criticize Twilight fans so fast....I mean you're making fun of Twilight but being awesome by liking elves and dworfs?
It's not okay for fans to like Twilight and get bashed on, but it's perfectly okay to be a LOTR geek? I don't get it. The Hobbit fans shouldn't criticize Twilight fans so fast....I mean you're making fun of Twilight but being awesome by liking elves and dworfs?
2:54AM on 11/21/2011
I was going to write a response explaining how THE HOBBIT is regarded as a seminal work of literature and the film adaptations of THE LORD OF THE RINGS were nearly equal to their written counterparts (which is a feat almost unheard of in film adaptations) and then I stopped and realized I was wasting my time.

If you don't understand why THE HOBBIT is better than TWILIGHT, no amount of logic will change your mind.
I was going to write a response explaining how THE HOBBIT is regarded as a seminal work of literature and the film adaptations of THE LORD OF THE RINGS were nearly equal to their written counterparts (which is a feat almost unheard of in film adaptations) and then I stopped and realized I was wasting my time.

If you don't understand why THE HOBBIT is better than TWILIGHT, no amount of logic will change your mind.
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6:02PM on 11/20/2011
I see an ad for The Descendants with nearly every commercial break on TV, and it only opened on 29 screens?
I see an ad for The Descendants with nearly every commercial break on TV, and it only opened on 29 screens?
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4:27PM on 11/20/2011
One other thing that surprised: Kristen Stewart looks really hot in every trailer or screenshot I see from that movie.
One other thing that surprised: Kristen Stewart looks really hot in every trailer or screenshot I see from that movie.
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7:03PM on 11/20/2011
Was just about to say the same thing. That picture up there^^^ is probably the hottest I've ever seen her.
Was just about to say the same thing. That picture up there^^^ is probably the hottest I've ever seen her.
4:18PM on 11/20/2011
only one movie left....thanks god
only one movie left....thanks god
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10:24PM on 11/20/2011
Cause Transformers were alot better in quality? It is very easy to make fun of Transformer fans just as easy it is to make fun of Twilight fans. So THANK GOD Transformers is done.
Cause Transformers were alot better in quality? It is very easy to make fun of Transformer fans just as easy it is to make fun of Twilight fans. So THANK GOD Transformers is done.
4:15PM on 11/20/2011

BREAKING DAWN ...

... best comedy I've seen this year. I just couldn't stop laughing. No wonder it earned so much cash ...
... best comedy I've seen this year. I just couldn't stop laughing. No wonder it earned so much cash ...
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6:23PM on 11/20/2011
I had never seen 1 Twilight film until fri, and I wish I hadn't. Everybody was laughing every 5 minutes, so it made me think it was a comedy. I wasn't laughing, so I guess my sense of humor is just a little more sophisticated then the other morons who went to go see it in that theater.
I had never seen 1 Twilight film until fri, and I wish I hadn't. Everybody was laughing every 5 minutes, so it made me think it was a comedy. I wasn't laughing, so I guess my sense of humor is just a little more sophisticated then the other morons who went to go see it in that theater.
4:12PM on 11/20/2011
Atleast there's only one more of these Twilight movies left. But Twilight is Summit's cash cow and I really wouldn't be surprised if they milked this franchise and tried to start a reboot in five or ten years. -___-
Atleast there's only one more of these Twilight movies left. But Twilight is Summit's cash cow and I really wouldn't be surprised if they milked this franchise and tried to start a reboot in five or ten years. -___-
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