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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.




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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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