Weekend Wrap-Up

Breaking Dawn Threepeats as Holdovers Struggle

By John Hamann

December 4, 2011

Seriously, teenage girls and women who like this stuff? Seriously?

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Sixth is the scourge that is Jack and Jill, the Adam Sandler "comedy." Really the only comedy for adults out there right now, Jack and Jill holds on to a top ten spot for another weekend, as it earns $5.5 million and drops 45%. Despite being 22 points worse than Breaking Dawn at Rotten Tomatoes, Jack and Jill has earned $64.3 million so far, against a budget of $80 million.

Alexander Payne's The Descendants rises from ninth last weekend to seventh this weekend, as Fox Searchlight expands the drama to more theaters. After a couple of weekends of release on less than 400 screens, The Descendants expanded to 570 venues this weekend. The move worked, as the George Clooney film earned $5.2 million and fell only 29%. Expect a further rollout as the weekends slide by approaching Christmas, much like The King's Speech did last year, on its way to a $135 million gross and a Best Picture win. Despite the low count, The Descendants has already earned $18.1 million.

Eighth spot goes to Relativity Media's Immortals. After a strong Thanksgiving frame at $8.9 million, the Greek gods came crashing back down to Earth as Immortals earned only $4.4 million. That gives the Tarsem Singh flick a drop of 50%, but its gross now of $75.6 million matches the production budget, and it has already earned almost a $100 million overseas.


Ninth is Tower Heist, which managed to increase its gross last weekend compared to the previous weekend. This weekend is more like it, as the Ben Stiller flick earns $4.1 million and drops 42%. This one cost $75 million to make, has earned $70.8 million stateside, and another $40 million or so overseas.

Finishing tenth is Puss in Boots, yet another kid flick to occupy a spot on the chart. Now six weekends old, Puss in Boots earned another $3.1 million this frame, a decline of 59%. This DreamWorks Animation film has done extremely well over the course of its release, with a domestic total of $139.5 million and another $70 million from overseas locations.

Overall this weekend, box office continues to be down from where it has been in previous years. The top 12 films brought in $74.9 million this weekend, off from last year's $78.3 million, when Tangled was on top with $21.6 million. This weekend was also well away from the 2009 top 12 of $91.4 million. Next weekend brings New Year's Eve, another Garry Marshall helmed film starring a holiday and more people than you can count (see: Valentine's Day), and Jonah Hill in The Sitter.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/2/11-12/4/11 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 SUMMIT $16,900,000 - 59% $247,290,944
2 The Muppets WALT DISNEY $11,200,000 - 62% $56,100,000
3 Hugo Paramount $7,625,000 - 33% $25,188,476
4 Arthur Christmas SONY $7,350,000 - 39% $25,292,000
5 Happy Feet Two WARNER BROS. $6,000,000 - 55% $51,785,000
6 Jack and Jill Sony/Columbia $5,500,000 - 45% $64,308,000
7 The Descendants Fox Searchlight $5,200,000 - 29% $18,087,330
8 Immortals Relativity Media $4,394,000 - 50% $75,588,285
9 Tower Heist Universal $4,134,880 - 42% $70,779,710
10 Puss in Boots DreamWorks $3,050,000 - 59% $139,522,201
11 J. Edgar Warner Bros. $2,400,000 - 52% $32,661,000
12 My Week With Marilyn The Weinstein Company $1,180,000 - 33% $3,861,206
  Also Opening/Notables
  Shame Fox Searchlight $361,181 New $361,181
  The Artist The Weinstein Company $205,580 0% $495,939
  A Dangerous Method Sony Classics $115,000 - 32% $410,000
  Like Crazy Paramount Vantage $265,000 - 38% $2,882,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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