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Twilight Breaking Dawn wins box office: Muppets has respectable take

Posted on: November 28, 2011


Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Photo: Andrew Cooper © 2011 Summit Entertainment

The good news for studios was that, overall, people liked what they saw in theaters over the long Thanksgiving holiday. The bad news was that there were a lot fewer of them than in years past.

In fact, despite some highly regarded new movies, it was the slowest Thanksgiving moviegoing weekend in the last four years. Ticket sales were down roughly 11% compared with the same period last year. So far this year, attendance is off about 5%, and box office receipts are down about 4%.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” was easily the No. 1 film, taking in $62.3 million Wednesday to Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment. Since the film’s release the previous weekend, the fourth installment in the vampire romance franchise has collected $221.3 million.

Meanwhile, three well-reviewed PG-rated films fought for young moviegoers at the multiplex with varying degrees of success. “The Muppets,” the latest film incarnation of Jim Henson’s popular felt puppets, came out on top with a respectable $42 million over the five-day period. “Arthur Christmas,” an animated 3-D holiday tale, took in a lackluster $17 million. Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” a lavish 3-D family story about the early days of filmmaking, grossed $15.4 million — almost as much as “Arthur” despite playing on about 2,000 fewer screens.

“The Muppets,” which stars and was co-written by Jason Segel, performed far better than previous feature films featuring Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. In 1999, “Muppets From Space” mustered only $22 million by the end of its run.

read more at LA Times

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