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Box office update: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' holds on to first place with $5.5 mil on Friday

There’s just no stopping those Twihards. What was supposed to be a close race between The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and The Muppets instead looks to be a comfortable victory for the vampire-human love story.

According to early estimates, Breaking Dawn — Part 1 grossed $5.5 million on Friday — a drop of 67 percent from last Friday. That may sound like a steep decline, and it is, but keep in mind that the weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is typically one of the slowest box-office frames of the year. Also, Breaking Dawn held up slightly better than The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which plummeted 71 percent on the same Friday in 2009. (Both movies were released on the same November weekend, making them especially appropriate to compare.) Breaking Dawn should finish the weekend with about $16 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Can 'The Muppets' dethrone 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn'?

Better clear your plate for some leftovers. The weekend following Thanksgiving typically sees few, if any, new releases. There are two reasons for this. First, if a studio opened a film this weekend, it’d likely be kicked off screens by Christmas due to an avalanche of December releases. And, second, if a studio has a movie that’s strong enough to withstand the December competition, why not release it a week earlier and take advantage of the holiday weekend?

So here we are with no new wide releases opening. The biggest question will be whether The Muppets can knock Twilight: Breaking Dawn off its box-office mantle. Here’s how I think the top five will finish: READ FULL STORY

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' breaks $500 million worldwide in 12 days

Summit Entertainment announced Tuesday that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 has so far grossed $508 million worldwide, reaching the $500 million milestone in a mere 12 days. (The record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, crossed $500 million in six days.)

While Summit wouldn’t reveal how many days it took New Moon and Eclipse to pass the same mark, we do know that all three movies hit $500 million sometime in between their second and third weekends. New Moon ultimately wound up with a worldwide tally of $709.8 million, while Eclipse finished its run with $698.5 million. (The original Twilight settled for “only” $392.6 million.) It appears likely that Breaking Dawn — Part 1 will also finish with a worldwide figure of around $700 million.

Domestically, however, Breaking Dawn — Part 1 is performing a tad below its two most recent predecessors. The fourth entry in the romantic supernatural series has so far drained $223.4 million domestically in 11 days. By comparison, New Moon had collected $233.3 million during the same span of time, while Eclipse had earned $227 million. But even if Breaking Dawn — Part 1 ultimately falls a bit short of New Moon and Eclipse domestically, the film’s beefy numbers overseas should make up the difference.

Box office report: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' and 'The Muppets' lead Thanksgiving holiday weekend

As expected, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 led the box office once again over the extended Thanksgiving frame, but Disney’s The Muppets reboot more than held its own in second place. Meanwhile, newcomers Arthur Christmas and Hugo started modestly, and The Descendants, My Week with Marilyn, and The Artist all impressed in limited release. Here’s how the box office played out over the holiday weekend: READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' wins Friday with $16.9 million; 'The Descendants' huge in limited release

UPDATE: Box office report: ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ and ‘The Muppets’ lead Thanksgiving holiday weekend

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 topped the box office on Black Friday with a whopping $16.9 million, which puts the vampire romance on track for a $40 million three-day weekend, and a $65 million five-day frame.

After eight days, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 has grossed $196.2 million (it will pass $200 million tonight), and it’s holding a bit better in its second weekend than its predecessor, Eclipse, did in 2010. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Twilight' goes up against a trio of kids movies over Thanksgiving weekend

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, the ultimate time for families to hit the movie theater in search of wholesome fare that will please both Aunt Dawn and little nephew Woody. Thus, we’re getting an onslaught of kiddie fare this weekend: The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, and Hugo are all hitting theaters. Unfortunately for those films there’s a little phenomenon called Twilight to contend with. Here’s how the box office should shake out over the five-day weekend: READ FULL STORY

Robert Pattinson on the 'Breaking Dawn' wedding: 'For some reason, I went into a total Christopher Walken impression'

One of the most anticipated scenes in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1?  The long awaited wedding between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart). And considering how many people went to see the movie in theaters this weekend, plenty of people have now gotten to see the action for themselves. (But for formality’s sake, consider this your official SPOILER ALERT.)

We’ve already told you about why the Iron & Wine song that plays during the ceremony held special significance for some of the cast, but Stewart and Pattinson also tell EW about some of the things audiences didn’t get to see. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' barely misses franchise record with $139.5 mil weekend

Although it didn’t set a franchise record, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 had one of the best openings in box-office history by debuting to $139.5 million, according to studio estimates. That’s the fifth-best opening weekend ever, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which held on to the franchise record.

New Moon debuted to a slightly better $142.8 million on the same November weekend two years ago. What’s interesting is how closely Breaking Dawn followed New Moon‘s trajectory. New Moon grossed $72.7 million its first day, and then dropped 42 percent on Saturday and 34 percent on Sunday. By comparison, Breaking Dawn earned $72 million on Friday (the third-best opening day ever), and then fell 44 percent on Saturday and a projected 34 percent today. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' bites into the third-best opening day ever with $72 mil

The draining of money has begun. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, the fourth movie in the supernatural-romance franchise, grossed an incredible $72 million on Friday, according to early estimates.

That’s the third-best opening day ever, behind only this year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($91.1 million) and 2009’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million). And while Breaking Dawn fell slightly short of New Moon, it did surpass the opening day of last year’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which debuted to $68.5 million (albeit on a Wednesday). READ FULL STORY

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' audience rating from CinemaScore doesn't sparkle

Okay, so The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 gets a B-plus from moviegoers.


A B-plus ranking from CinemaScore? That’s it?

Granted, a B-plus isn’t terrible, but considering the passion and hysteria surrounding this franchise, it’s a bit of a surprise. New Moon got an A-minus, and Eclipse scored an A.

So what happened here? Did something in this film shake the vampire-loving faithful?

Actually, blame the boyfriends …


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