1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $41,683,574
2. The Muppets – $29,239,026
3. Happy Feet Two – $13,397,346
4. Arthur Christmas – $12,068,931
5. Hugo – $11,364,505
6. Jack and Jill – $10,000,142
7. Immortals – $8,875,905
8. Puss in Boots – $7,511,036
9. The Descendants – $7,345,720
10. Tower Heist – $7,174,615
In what appears to be no surprise Breaking Dawn held onto the top spot, bringing in another $41 million bucks to make its domestic total an impressive $220 million dollars. Breaking Dawn is now sitting at $488 million dollars worldwide, making it another slam dunk for Summit Entertainment.
Although The Muppets didn’t open in the top spot, it settled for $29.2 million in number two. It’s a lower start for a Disney film when compared to Tangled and Enchanted, but it’s impressive for The Muppets name which hasn’t been in the spot light for some time. Wilson and I both enjoyed the film. He found a few more things to like then I did, but it’s still worth a trip to the theater. Check out his review here.
Dipping to number three is Happy Feet Two, which hasn’t been able to recapture the box office success that the first one had. The sequel is doing nowhere near as good as the first film. I blame the cluttered family friendly weekend and the lack of promotion or appeal.
Arthur Christmas snuck into the fourth spot with $12 million. This is the first I’ve even heard of the film, so I’d consider number four spot a solid entry into the weekend, especially considering that it’s a holiday film so it’ll hold pretty strong in the upcoming weeks.
Martin Scorsese‘s latest film Hugo opened at number five with $11.3 million. It didn’t do as strong as Muppets or Arthur, but it’s actually Scorsese’s third highest opening yet. 3D also accounted for 75 percent of the ticket sales, which is a good thing because Hugo is easily one of the best live action 3D movies yet. I was kind interested in seeing where Hugo would land since it’s not a familiar family friendly franchise and there are just so many movies out right now. I’m glad to see it doing respectable numbers for the genre. I liked the film, but thought it had some pacing problems in the beginning, that being said, it’s still much better than most of the stuff at the top of the box office this weekend. Check out my review right here.
Another positive worth mentioning is Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants. It jumped from number ten last weekend to number nine this weekend, bringing in an impressive $7.3 million. I still stand by my initial reaction when I said The Descendants is one of the best films of the year. It’s easily the best thing in release right now and it must be seen by more! Fox Searchlight is slowly rolling it out into more theaters, so make sure and check it out as soon as possible! Read my review here.