Weekend Box Office: Dec. 09-11th, 2011

1. New Year’s Eve – $13,019,180

2. The Sitter – $9,851,435

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $7,819,402

4. The Muppets – $6,978,870

5. Arthur Christmas – $6,510,486

6. Hugo – $6,050,309

7. The Descendants – $4,380,138

8. Happy Feet Two – $3,690,304

9. Jack and Jill – $3,085,098

10. Immortals – $2,461,227

My god did New Year’s Eve shit the bed. Sure, it opened at number one with $13 million bucks, but that is just horrible when compared to last year’s ensemble cast romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, which brought in $56.3 million on its opening weekend. I’m not sure if it was the lack of interesting marketing, the holiday shuffle or just the fact that no one wanted to see the damn film. Wilson had to sit through it and he wasn’t impressed. Check out his review here.

David Gordon Green‘s The Sitter fared a little better in number two with $9.8 million dollars. While it didn’t manage to crack the teens I’d still consider it a mild success for an R-rated film solely starring Jonah Hill. He’s never really carried a film alone before and the number two spot isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Summit’s Breaking Dawn finally tumbled down from its number one reign to the number three spot with $7.8 million. The film has already made $259 million in the US alone with more to come before it closes.

Disney’s The Muppets is still doing steady business despite the clogged up weekends of holiday films and franchise sequels. Most are considering its numbers to be kind of disappointing, but I’d say it’s doing great for what it is.

Arthur Christmas is taking advantage of the season and holding well. It’ll probably stay around until Christmas.

The most impressive film of the week in my opinion is Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants. The film managed to hold onto the number seven spot for the second weekend in a row, bringing in $4.3 million dollars. It’s fully expanded now and looks to be doing really good business. It’s already made $23 million dollars and I see it staying around for a while due to Oscar buzz and adults looking for a more mature drama over the long stretch.

This upcoming weekend will be interesting with Sherlock Holmes opening against Alvin and the Chipmunks. Young Adult is also expanding and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will be opening on select IMAX screens.

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