Let's get this straight. When given the choice of roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, and sweet potatoes with marshmallows, audiences chose the two-day old pizza, the half-eaten carne asada burrito, and the bottom-of-the-bucket fried chicken where all of the fat coagulates to the outside skin. Instead of Team Edward and Team Jacob, it seems folks are Team Doggy Bag.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 made another $62.3 million during its part two weekend. Though continuing its trend to be off a smidgen of the pace of New Moon's 2009 Thanksgiving run (currently running about $9 million behind), there are no tears for a film that's made $221.3 million in 10 days. There may be some garlic, some holy water, and some wooden stakes, but not a single tear. Uh uh. Not here.
With filmgoers throwing Aunt Loraine's lime Jell-O mold with pear chunks under the bus, they did take a chance on some of the newer items available this week at the box-office. Not surprisingly, the movie they selected most often was also green.
The Muppets returned to play the music and light the lights. Debuting with $42 million over the long five-day weekend, The Muppets already almost doubled their last adventure's final total, 1999's Muppets In Space (which would've sounded so much better if it was titled Muppets in Space 1999). Before folks get too excited about MuppetMania running as wild as HulkaMania, they better realize that right now they're not even running as wild as TangledMania. I'm not saying Miss Piggy took a shower after getting a perm (It's true… Everything I know about the legal system is based on Legally Blonde), but her extensions were about $25 million shorter than Rapunzel's last year. If Disney could somehow find a way to make this into an Amy Adams vs. Mandy Moore cage fight, I'd be so in.
On the other side of the aisle, a very far other side of the aisle, which is not to be confused with a far side of the other aisle or the far other of the side aisle, we found Arthur Christmas. That's more than most families can say as most of them have yet to even find him. Opening with an Arthur Meekness of $17 million, Sony is going to rue the day it let its marketing campaign never let people know what the movie was even about. After a year of teaser trailers that jokingly said there was nothing to see, people actually decided they were right. Oops.
In one of the more bizarre Movie Pool match-ups, Hugo could almost claim the crown from The Muppets as the biggest piece of the wishbone this week. A $15.4 million start seems pale in comparison, yet Hugo was playing on almost two-thirds less screens. The mere fact that a movie whose poster resembled Doc Brown hanging onto the clock tower in Back To The Future could go toe-to-toe with the Swedish Chef and Beaker is beyond flabbergasting. It's like flubbergusting.
Feeling the pressure from all of the new family releases, Happy Feet Two quietly shuffled an additional $18.4 million as it still has yet to make as much as the first Mumbles-Capade made in its first weekend. Punching its dance card with $43.8 million so far, The Muppets are only $1.8 million behind after five days. The verdict is in: fart shoes are the new tap shoes. Score one for Fozzy Bear.
As to the rest of the films in the Top Five, Immortals showed that Mt. Olympus is built on a higher place than Tower Heist moving ahead of the "alleged" action-comedy. If director Brett Ratner responds by digitally altering his film so that stars Murphy, Stiller, and Broderick appear shirtless throughout the movie, I'm going to call this a lose-lose.
Jack & Jill, meanwhile, continues to Klingon to the #5 position like a bad Star Trek movie you just wish you could pretend never existed. Seriously, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, you had Kirk, Spock, and McCoy singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat in the round. If Gene Roddenberry had passed away the same year, I'm pretty sure that's what would've killed him.
The 2011 Holiday Movie Pool Top Five (If Today Was MLK Day):
#1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - $221.3 million
#2. Puss in Boots - $135.4 million
#3. Immortals - $68.6 million
#4. Tower Heist - $65.3 million
#5. Jack & Jill - $57.4 million
by Matt Neuenburg on 11/28/2011
Movies Mentioned in this Post:
Happy Feet Two,
Jack and Jill,
Puss in Boots,
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1,