'Breaking Dawn' still No. 1 in Friday box office
The vampires in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" ruled the box office once again for the third Friday in a row.
"Breaking Dawn" earned another $5.5 million on Friday and is on course to earn $16.8 million over the weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," the fourth movie in the hit vampire series, which stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and depicts the consequences of their characters' union, has earned $236 million domestically since its opening on November 18.
The movie is the first part of the fourth installment of the fantasy romance series, which is based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer. The previous three movies, the first of which was released in 2008, have grossed more than 1.8 billion worldwide. The second part of "Breaking Dawn" is due to be released on Nov. 16, 2012.
"The Muppets" landed in No. 2 in Friday's box office, earning another $2.8 million on its second Friday, for a domestic cume of $48 million, according to the industry magazine.
Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" opened in another 500 theaters this week, after being named best film of the year by the National Board of Review. The film earned $3 million on Friday and landed in the No. 3 spot.
"Hugo" is a fantasy adventure film set in a 1930s Paris train station and was helmed by Scorsese, who is likely best known for helming movies like "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull."
The film, which hit theaters on November 23, follows a young boy named Hugo (Asa Butterfield) who is orphaned after his parents die and uncle disappears. He is trying to rebuild a project of his father's and gets help from Isabelle (Chloe Moretz), the goddaughter of a toy shop owner who tried to stop Hugo.
Other award contenders including "Shame," "The Artist," "The Descendants" and "My Week with Marilyn" also performed well on Friday.
"The Descendants," which stars George Clooney earned another $1.4 million on Friday from 574 theaters and the silent film "The Artist" grossed $55,574 on Friday from only six theaters.
"My Week with Marilyn," which stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, grossed $345,000 from 244 locations. The film has earned a cumulative $1.4 million.
"Shame," which opened in theaters on Friday, December 2, stars Michael Fassbender as a sex addict. The film is rated NC-17 and was directed by Steve McQueen and also stars Carey Mulligan. "Shame" earned $110,476 from 10 theaters in five cities.
Watch the trailer from this week's release of "Shame" below.