'New Year's Eve' Manages Weak #1 Debut

on December 11, 2011 by Phil Contrino
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New Year's Eve managed an underwhelming $5.060 million on Friday and $5.305 million on Saturday, which means it won't even hit $15 million during its debut frame. Word of mouth is quite bad: nearly 11,700 Flixster users have combined to give the ensemble comedy a 62% approval rating. It'll be hard for the Warner Bros. release to rebound in the weeks to come due to a strong rush of blockbuster competitors.

The Sitter took in only $3.725 million on Friday and $3.825 million on Saturday. The 20th Century Fox release marks the second dud this year for director David Gordon Greenthe other is Your Highness. Audiences are sending Green a clear message that he has taken the crude humor that made Pineapple Express a success to an unappealing extreme. Nearly 7,900 Flixster users have combined to give the comedy a mediocre 64% approval rating.

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy and Young Adult are both off to a great start playing at less than 10 locations. Even so, it'll be hard for both films to truly stand out during what's shaping up to be a typically competitive end of the year.

Domestic comparison data:

Jan. 1 to Dec. 11, 2011: $9,494,457,000*
Jan. 1 to Dec. 11, 2010: $9,822,391,000
Total Decrease: $327,934,000, -3.3%*

Dec. 1 to Dec. 11, 2011: $191,132,000*
Dec. 1 to Dec. 11, 2010: $198,771,000
Total Decrease: $7,639,000, -3.8%*

Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2011: $79,000,000*
Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 2010: $92,018,000
Total Decrease: $13,018,000, -14.1%*

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

 

Tags: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Young Adult, New Year's Eve, The Sitter
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