Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 topped the daily box office on Thursday with $1.13 million. The blockbuster fantasy sequel has led the daily box office for 21 consecutive days, but should see that streak come to an end today with the release of Warner's New Year's Eve and Fox's The Sitter into the marketplace. Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was up 5 percent over Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday. For the week Breaking Dawn - Part 1 finished in first with $21.19 million. That was down 59 percent from the previous frame and places the film's three-week domestic total at an impressive $251.58 million.
Disney's The Muppets maintained its lead over Paramount's Hugo to remain in second with $0.58 million. The acclaimed franchise re-launch increased 3 percent from Wednesday and was down 30 percent from last Thursday. After a rough hold over the weekend, The Muppets has stabilized during the midweek as we continue to approach the Christmas holiday. The Muppets finished in second for the week with $13.49 million. Like Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Muppets also fell 59 percent from the previous week. The 16-day total for The Muppets stands at a solid $58.76 million.
Hugo held steady in third place with $0.56 million. The Martin Scorsese directed 3D family film continues to display strong holding power as it was up 5 percent over Wednesday and up 8 percent over last Thursday. For the week Hugo took third place with $9.82 million. Thanks to strong word of mouth and a significant theatre expansion Hugo was down just 27 percent from the previous week. Hugo has grossed $27.38 million in 16 days and will be playing in 2,608 locations this weekend.
Sony's Arthur Christmas rounded out the day's top five with $0.41 million. The 3D computer animated holiday film was up 8 percent over Wednesday and up a healthy 5 percent over last Thursday. Arthur Christmas finished in fourth this week with $8.95 million. The film fell just 35 percent from the previous frame, which was an impressive hold, especially when factoring in that the film didn't add any new locations this week. Arthur Christmas has grossed $26.89 million in 16 days, as the total grosses for it and Hugo remain close.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's Shame rounded out its first week with $32,531 from 10 locations on Thursday. Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company's The Artist grossed $25,600 from just 6 locations. Respective totals stand at $498,086 for Shame in seven days and at $593,380 for The Artist in 14 days. This weekend Shame will be playing in 21 locations, while The Artist will be playing in 16 locations.
Sony Pictures Classics' A Dangerous Method grossed $165,686 for the week from 4 locations. The 16-day platform total for the David Cronenberg directed film stands at $459,049.
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