Collecting $16.5 million on its third weekend, 'The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I' reigns the chart on the lowest weekend this year.
Without any new wide release movies this weekend, "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" ultimately stays atop the North American box office for three weeks in a row. On the lowest weekend in 2011, the vampire movie rakes in $16.5 million, which drops 60% from last week. So far, the film collects a total domestic cume of $247.3 million.
"The Muppets" secures the runner-up position this week with $11 million. The Walt Disney Pictures family movie, which earns an "A" CinemaScore, drops a sharp 62% which is worse than the expectation after the Thanksgiving weekend. As a comparison, last year's Disney's Thanksgiving film "Tangled" dropped 55% on its second weekend.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" moves up to the third place after it is named the best film of 2011 by the National Board of Review and is expanded into 500 theaters nationwide this week. On its second weekend, the 3D family film grosses $7.5 million for a total domestic cume of $25.2 million.
"Arthur Christmas" falls to the fourth position this week. Dropping only 39% from last week, the kid-friendly film grosses $7.4 million for a total cume of $25.3 million. Rounding up the top five is another animated film "Happy Feet Two", which adds $5.9 million for a $51.7 million of domestic cume after three weeks playing in theaters.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for December 2 - 4:
- "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" - $16.5 million
- "The Muppets" - $11 million
- "Hugo" - $7.5 million
- "Arthur Christmas" - $7.4 million
- "Happy Feet Two" - $5.9 million
- "Jack and Jill" - $5.3 million
- "The Descendants" - $4.7 million
- "Immortals" - $4.4 million
- "Tower Heist" - 3.9 million
- "Puss in Boots" - $3 million