November 28, 2011 02:38:00 GMT
Knocking down three newly released holiday films, 'The Muppets', 'Arthur Christmas' and 'Hugo, 'The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I' secures the first spot for two weeks in a row.
"The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" still leads the North American box office this weekend. The vampire romance movie secures the top spot on the chart for two weeks in a row with an estimated $42 million from the last three days of ticket sales, and around $62.3 million on the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. So far, the film grosses $221.3 million domestically and $489.3 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, "The Muppets" lands on the second place in its opening week. The film which brings back fan-favorite puppets, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and co., to the big screen rakes in an approximately $29.5 million in three days, and an estimated $42 million during the five-day holiday weekend.
Though "Muppets" can't take over the first place on the chart from "Breaking Dawn I", Walt Disney executive vice president of worldwide distribution admits that the movie has quite a satisfying opening. "The entire goal was to bring back the Muppets, and this great opening signifies that we've done just that," he insists.
Claiming the third spot is kid-friendly movie "Happy Feet Two". The animated film collects around $13.4 million in the last three days and $18.3 million in five days. The movie, which production cost $135 million, grosses $43.7 million domestically after two weeks playing in cinemas nationwide.
Another holiday-themed film, "Arthur Christmas", locks the fourth place in its debut week. Receiving an "A-" CinemaScore, the James McAvoy-starring animated movie bags $12.7 million in post-Thanksgiving weekend, and $17 million for the five-day weekend. "It's a Christmas story that will resonate more and more as we near the holiday," says Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution.
Rounding up the top five is Martin Scorsese's 3D adventure movie "Hugo". In its first three-day weekend, the movie collects around $11.3 million, while for the five-day holiday weekend, it grosses an estimated $15.3 million. Megan Colligan, Paramount Pictures president of domestic marketing and distribution says, "Not only were we on fraction of the screens of our competitors, the marketing spend was managed carefully as we expand the film."