'New Year's Eve' Tops Box Office With Lowest Opening in 2011

Though claiming the champion title, the star-studded romantic comedy movie earns only $13 million, far below the expected $20 million on its debut weekend.

AceShowbiz - "New Year's Eve" dethrones "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" on the North American box office in its debut week. Though so, the star-studded romantic comedy only grosses $13 million, marking the lowest opening of 2011. The result is rather unimpressive since the Garry Marshall-directed film, which receives a "B+" CinemaScore, was expected to grab at least $20 million on its first weekend.

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution, explained, "The box office was just in really bad shape. While we had the No. 1 movie, we were No. 1 in a very soft market." He continued, "There weren't enough moviegoers and the only thing you can hope for is that the big Chirstmas films, which start to kick in next weekend, help to pick up the pace."

Landing on the second spot is R-rated comedy "The Sitter", which rakes in $9.8 million on its opening weekend. Unlike "New Year's Eve" which receives a disappointing result, the domestic gross for the %cJonah Hill%-starring movie, which cost less than $25 million to produce, is in line with its pre-weekend prediction.

"We opened in line with our pre-release expectations, and we'll continue to play as the college crowd finishes up finals," 20th Century Fox's senior vice president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said of the comedy which receives a "C-" CinemaScore.

"Breaking Dawn I", meanwhile, falls to the third place after three weeks reigning the chart. Dropping 52|percent| from last week, the vampire movie collects $7.8 million for a total domestic cume of $259.6 million after four weeks playing in theaters. The film runs 3|percent| behind its predecessor, 2009's "The Twilight Saga's New Moon", which earned $267.3 million in the same end-of-year period.

On the fourth place, there is "The Muppets" which rakes in $6.9 million, declining 36|percent| from last week. After three weeks playing in cinemas, the fan-favorite puppet movie collects a total domestic cume of $65.2 million. "Arthur Christmas" rounds up the top five with $6.5 million, dropping 11|percent| from last week. The animated film earns a total cume of $33.5.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for December 9 - 11:

  1. "New Year's Eve" - $13 million
  2. "The Sitter" - $9.8 million
  3. "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" - $7.8 million
  4. "The Muppets" - $6.9 million
  5. "Arthur Christmas" - $6.5 million
  6. "Hugo" - $6 million
  7. "The Descendants" - $4.3 million
  8. "Happy Feet Two" - $3.6 million
  9. "Jack and Jill" - 3 million
  10. "Immortals" - $2.4 million

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