"Breaking Dawn" Grabs Thanksgiving Box Office Lead
Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" continued to lock up first place at the box office to begin the long weekend of November 23-27, 2011.
The Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner starring vampire picture took in $12 million on Wednesday with a forecast of $55 million over the five-day weekend run.
Settling for the runner-up slot was a cinema newcomer, as the family friendly picture "The Muppets" brought in $7.2 million on opening day with an anticipated Thanksgiving weekend grand total projected at $42.5 million.
With quite the spread being found between second and third, the animated movie "Happy Feet Two" slipped a spot from last week's runner-up status with $2.9 million in earnings on Wednesday with a holiday weekend outlook set at $18 million.
Rounding out the top ten in projected five-day earnings at the box office are "Arthur Christmas" ($17 million), "Immortals" ($12.2 million), "Jack & Jill" ($11.2 million), "Puss In Boots" ($10.8 million), "Hugo" ($10.5 million), "Tower Heist" ($8.5 million) and "The Descendants" ($6.8 million).