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.