'Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1' didn't quite reach the 'New Moon' box office record, but those moping vamps took over the box office weekend while family friendly 'Happy Feet 2' just couldn't compete making a little more than half of its original 'Happy Feet'.
The critics slammed it, but as we said in our review of 'Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1', the fans would eat it up and make Summit Entertainment very happy this weekend with a nice early holiday gift. Those melancholy vamps and werewolves helped the box office go up by 14 percent from last year.
Here's the numbers for the Top 10 Box Office winners this weekend.
1. The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Summit) NEW [4,061 Theaters] Friday $72M, Saturday $40.7M, Weekend $139.5M
Taylor Lautner might have fought to keep his shirt on for this film (well from the above pic, you see that he had to take it off for one scene), but that didn't keep those Twilight fans away from this next to the last film in the franchise. This opening gave the film the fifth place in best opening films of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3 and New Moon. Audiences gave it a CinemaScore of 'B+' and the female audiences gave it an 'A-'.
worldwide box office numbers for this Twilight is a hefty $283.5M so it's already made back it's $110M budget. Summit is was a little cautious on their numbers for this one, but all that marketing they did definitely paid off.
2. Happy Feet Two (Warner Bros) NEW [3,606 Theaters]
Friday $5.9M, Saturday $9.3M, Weekend $22M
With the way family friendly movies have been doing so well ala 'Puss N Boots', 'Happy Feet 2' seemed like an easy shoe in to take a hefty bite into the weekend box office, but only vamps have proven to have the bite. These penguins could only try to dance for their life but only did half of what the original 'Happy Feet' did, and that's including 3D ticket upcharges. This one will surely be called a disaster by competing studios since 3D didn't save it as it has for most films (Immortals anyone).
'Happy Feet 2' even opened on the same day the original one did in 2006, but like most of us know, anniversaries are quite easy to forget. Studios expected those cute penguins to pull in at least $30 million, but it shows how out of touch Hollywood still is. It did get a CinemaScore of 'B+' though.
3. Immortals (Relativity) Week 2 [3,120 Theaters]
Friday $3.8M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $12.2M (-62%), Cume $53M
Even hot sweaty men tussling about couldn't keep Relativity's 'Immortals' from diving 62 percent. That's a huge disappointment for Ryan Cavanaugh's 'homage' to Zack Snyder's '300'. I know, it's not actually an 'homage', but that's just what I say when a film is similar to another one but not as good. Even though it's not saying much, Cavanaugh can boast that it's doing better than 'Conan the Barbarian'.
4. Jack And Jill (Sony) Week 2 [3,438 Theaters]
Friday $3.5M, Saturday $5.2M, Weekend $12M (-52%), Cume $41M
'Jack and Jill' certainly took a tumble down the box office hill at 52 percent and is way behind other Adam Sandler and director Dennis Dugan's collaborations.
'Puss N Boot's had to make a little room for the other new films this weekend and took a 57 percent dip, but it's closing in on the box office for 'Megamind' which is pretty impressive for a film that Ms Finke blasted its opening weekend or more like Jeffrey Katzenberger. It's odd when some people take so much glee in hoping a film will fail when we should be supporting more movies with the way things are now. Count on 'Puss N Boots' to keep sticking around through the holiday.
6. Tower Heist (Universal) Week 3 [2,942 Theaters]
Friday $2.1M, Saturday $3.2M, Weekend $6.9M, Cume $53.3M
Brett Ratner can breathe a little since the heat's died down on his bad couple weeks as 'Tower Heist' only dropped about 45 percent. This one's not ever going to be a hit, but at least it's hanging around a little...like that annoying friend that just thinks they're so funny, but aren't.
7. J. Edgar (Warner Bros) Week 2 [1,947 Theaters]
Friday $1.8M (-57%), Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $5.9M (-47%), Cume $20.6M
Interestingly enough 'J Edgar' seems to be following the same trajectory as Clint Eastwood's other film last year at this time 'Hereafter'. Big difference is that 'Hereafter' did much better box office, while this one is trying hard to even reach $40 million.
8. Harold & Kumar 3D Xmas (NL/Warner Bros) Week 3 [1,808 Theaters]
Friday $915K, Saturday $1.2M, Estimated Weekend $2.9M, Cume $28.3M
9. In Time (Fox) Week 3 [2,591 Theaters]
Friday $520K, Saturday $750K, Estimated Weekend $1.6M, Estimated Cume $33.4M
10. The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) NEW (opened Wed) [29 Theaters]
Friday $318K, Saturday $493K, Weekend $1.2M, Cume $1.3M
Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' with George Clooney is one of his strongest openings yet, even beating out 'Sideways' and 'About Schmidt'. I know it's not saying much, but it's showing that Payne is becoming more of a box office contender and hopefully Hollywood studios will start seeing that. Even though they started the marketing for this film way back in May, it wasn't a film that was on most of mainstream America's radar. It's more of an over-30 film, but Clooney can expect plenty of award nominations for his strong performance. Expect to see it begin it's box office chart rise after the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
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