Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 rounded out its second week in theatres with a first-place finish of $2.24 million on Thursday. The blockbuster fantasy sequel has now led the daily box office for 14 consecutive days. Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was up 4 percent over Wednesday and down 71 percent from last Thursday's Thanksgiving inflated performance. The film easily led the weekly box office with a second week take of $51.24 million. That was down 71 percent from the film's opening week gross and places the film's two-week total at a massive $230.39 million. Breaking Dawn - Part 1 continues to run 4 percent behind the pace of 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
The Muppets grossed $0.83 million to continue to claim second place. Disney's well received franchise re-launch was up 3 percent over Wednesday, but down a steep 86 percent from last Thursday. The Muppets finished in second place for the week with $32.997 million and has grossed a very solid $45.27 million in nine days of release. The Muppets is currently running 15.5 percent behind the pace of the studio's Enchanted, which grossed $53.60 million in its first nine days of release back in November of 2007.
On the heels of being named Best Film by the National Board of Review, Paramount's Hugo was up one spot and 10 percent from Wednesday to claim fourth with $0.52 million. The critically acclaimed Martin Scorsese directed 3D film was down 78 percent from last Thursday. Hugo finished in fifth place for the week with $13.53 million (just behind the $13.71 million weekly gross of Sony's Arthur Christmas), but did so while playing in a modest 1,277 locations (while Arthur Christmas played in 3,376 locations). Hugo has grossed $17.56 million through nine days and is playing in 1,840 locations beginning today. The nine-day total for Arthur Christmas stands at a very similar $17.94 million. Both films will need to hold up well throughout the holiday season given their large price tags.
Fox Searchlight's The Descendants placed in sixth with $0.45 million. The Alexander Payne directed awards hopeful starring George Clooney fell 5 percent from Wednesday and just 57 percent from last Thursday. The film finished in eighth place for the week with $9.35 million from just 433 locations. The Descendants has grossed an excellent $12.89 million in 16 days of platform release and is playing in 574 locations beginning today.
Other platform grosses this week included $2.37 million for The Weinstein Company's My Week with Marilyn (244 locations), $290,359 for The Weinstein Company's The Artist (4 NY/LA locations) and $234,631 for Sony Pictures Classics' A Dangerous Method (also 4 NY/LA locations). This weekend The Artist expands into an additional two locations in the San Francsisco area, while neither My Week with Marilyn nor A Dangerous Method will expand this weekend.
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