Weekend Box Office – BREAKING DAWN PART 1 Makes it Three in a Row with $16.9 Million

     December 4, 2011


After two weeks spent chasing the superior numbers of New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 has finally achieved something that its predecessor could not: three weeks in a row on top of the domestic box office.

Title Weekend Total
1 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $16,900,000 $247.2
2 The Muppets $11,200,000 $56.4
3 Hugo $7,625,000 $25.1
4 Arthur Christmas $7,350,000 $25.2
5 Happy Feet $6,000,000 $51.7
6 Jack and Jill $5,500,000 $64.3
7 The Descendants $5,200,000 $18
8 Immortals $4,394,000 $75.5
9 Tower Heist $4,134,000 $70.7
10 Puss In Boots $3,050,000 $139.5

twilight-saga-breaking-dawn-part-1-movie-poster-finalYou may recall that on this weekend in 2009, The Blind Side managed a mini-miracle when it replaced New Moon at number one after playing second-fiddle to the film for its first two weeks.  Then last year Eclipse, the only film of The Twilight Saga to launch in July, claimed just one week on top before Despicable Me dislodged it. In 2008 Twilight also spent just one week in first place, which means that Breaking Dawn Part 1 has now become the first film of the franchise to string together three weeks on top of the domestic box.  Granted, Breaking Dawn’s current weekend estimate of $16.9 million is not significantly higher than the $15.4 million New Moon made at its own three week mark so what we have here is a symbolic victory… and on a very slow weekend for box office news at that.

The other significant news for Breaking Dawn came earlier this week when Part 1 crossed the $500 million mark worldwide. Once again, New Moon holds the franchise record with $709 million in combined domestic and international grosses, though Eclipse is not far behind with $698 million.  So far, Breaking Dawn has topped earlier Twilight releases in many overseas markets, so it seems likely that its final worldwide tally will get close to that $700 mark.

In case you couldn’t guess by looking at the titles in the top ten chart, the studios offered no new wide releases this weekend.  That’s because the weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the least profitable frames of the entire year – and 2011 certainly doesn’t seem to be bucking the trend.  Looking at the top ten, this year should come in on par with 2010, when Tangled took number one with $21.6 million.

the-descendants-image-George Clooney Shailene Woodley Amara MilleThough no new titles emerged (yes, I do realize there were some specialty releases), two holdover titles did get increased visibility.  Paramount expanded the run of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo from 1,277 to 1,840 locations while Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants increased its count from 390 to 574.  Neither film was able to turn those additional venues into increased grosses, however.  Hugo fell off by 33% while The Descendants dropped 29% from Thanksgiving weekend.

Next week New Year’s Eve (and its cast of thousands) will hit nationwide along with the R-rated comedy The Sitter, thankfully providing me with something new to talk about.  Considering what a hit the last big-ensemble holiday flick, Valentine’s Day, turned out to be, I’m thinking that box office totals will end up topping 2010 levels – when The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist were the biggest things going.


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  • Elisha

    Omg. Omg. Omg. Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is going to be the biggest movie of the holiday season! I could, like, die. But I can’t cause I have to see Part 2! It’s going to be EPIC!!!!! I can’t waittttttt! :)

  • Nomis1700

    Twilight sucks hard. I’ve seen the first film and I almost died back then… I know that I can’t survive the other movies they’re so bad! THANK GOD this is over when the squeezed part 2 comes out.

  • Shazbot

    Funny how Collider won’t even mention the Muppets in its article. Guess the writer can’t deal with the fact that his objects of worship are tanking hard. Wocka wocka wocka!

    • blurgh

      Get back in line for Twilight, loser.

    • Liam_H

      Its called context, The Muppets have already made back its budget. So its not a huge hit but it is not tanking hard.

  • eoem

    Everyone who isn’t a 13 year old girl or sad 40 year old woman already thinks Twilight is a joke.

    10 years from now, EVERYONE will look back at this sorry franchise and laugh. Even its fans will wonder “what was I thinking?” when remembering it.

  • Ryan

    wow this comment section is also invaded by retarded twilight girls .. lol u can see 100s of handsome men even in PORN.. and the stories are also better than Twilight !! lol

  • Tarek

    Fank you very butch girls. You made the cinema jump to a new level of dumbness. ( Michael Bay must be jealous)