Friday, November 25, 2011

Puppet Master: 'Breaking Dawn's' Big $12.4M Wednesday Beats Solid $6.6M 'Muppets' Debut

The Wrap

Disney's anticipated film reboot of "The Muppets" enjoyed a solid $6.6 million debut Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. But it was the continued strong play of Summit's "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" that continued to rule the box office, grossing $12.4 million, according to rival-studio estimates.

The fourth "Twilight" movie is on pace to gross close to $60 million over the five-day holiday period, which would give it a domestic total of well over $200 million by the end of the weekend.

Debuting at 3,440 theaters, Disney's "The Muppets" could come close to $50 million over the same five-day period, which beat pre-release estimates.

While "The Muppets" will manage to carve a niche at a box office flooded with PG films, Paramount/GK Films' "Hugo" and Sony/Aardman's "Arthur Christmas" had a quieter time getting established Wednesday.

"Arthur Christmas" debuted to $2.4 million at 3,376 U.S. and Canadian theaters Wednesday and is on pace for only around $16 million for the five-day holiday.

Starting out in 1,227 locations, the Martin Scorsese-directed "Hugo" grossed $1.7 million, according to rival studio estimates, putting it on pace for around $14 million for the holiday.

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