December 12, 2011 by Vinnie Leduc
Last weekend’s slow box office was a preview of what was to come this weekend, as Hollywood suffered its weakest domestic take from movie tickets in over three years.
The “winner” was Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve, a rom-com featuring an ensemble cast of about 4387126491987264 people on a mushy holiday, like his last film, Valentine’s Day. However, NYE opened to only $13.7 million, a very far cry from Valentine’s Day‘s staggering $56.3 million debut.
The runner-up was Jonah Hill’s cherry popping in a lead role, The Sitter, which turned out to be one of the worst movies of the year. The reigning champ for the last three weeks, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, fell to third place.
In the nearly month-long battle of the family films, The Muppets claimed fourth place, while Hugo dropped from third place last weekend and out of the top 5, while Arthur Christmas held better.
Here were the top 5 in the domestic box office last weekend via BOM:
- New Year’s Eve — Weekend Gross: $13.7 million — Total Gross: $13.7 million (new)
- The Sitter — Weekend Gross: $10 million — Total Gross: $10 million (new)
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 — Weekend Gross: $7.9 million — Total Gross: $259.5 million (#1 last week)
- The Muppets — Weekend Gross: $7.1 million — Total Gross: $65.8 million (#2 last week)
- Arthur Christmas — Weekend Gross: $6.6 million — Total Gross: $33.5 million (#4 last week)