'The Muppets' rule family films but 'Breaking Dawn' still No. 1 in Friday box office
"The Muppets" beat out the other Thanksgiving family films in Friday's box office, earning a three-day cume of $24.8 million.
Though "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" still topped the U.S. box office on Friday, a week after it opened, "The Muppets" is on course to earn a $40 million debut, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"The Muppets," which had a $45 million production budget, grossed another $12.3 million on Friday, for a three-day domestic cume of $24.8 million.
Meanwhile, "Breaking Dawn," the fourth movie in the hit "Twilight" vampire series, which stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and depicts the consequences of their characters' union, earned $16.9 million on Friday and has so far grossed $195 million domestically. It opened on November 18.
The previous three "Twilight" movies have grossed almost $790 million domestically and more than 1.8 billion worldwide. The first, released in 2008, made $192.7 million at the U.S. box office, while movie No. 2, "New Moon," earned $296.6 million and the third, "Eclipse," made $300.5 million.
"The Muppets," a big-screen reboot of the popular children's film and television franchise, opened on Wednesday and was up against two other family films, "Arthur Christmas" and Martin Scorsese's children's film, "Hugo."
"Happy Feet Two," the sequel to a 2006 animated penguin-themed film that stars Elijah Wood and Robin Williams, came in third place on Friday, having earned another $5.1 million. The movie has grossed a total of $35.5 million since its November 18 release.
"Arthur Christmas," an animated holiday film that focuses on Santa's son, earned $4.6 million and fourth place in Friday's box office. "Arthur Christmas" features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria.
"Hugo" earned $4.5 million and landed in the fifth spot on Friday, grossing just over $8.5 million at the U.S. box office.
The adventure film tells of a French orphan boy and fan of George Melies silent movies, played by Asa Butterfield, who enlists the help of a young girl, portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz, to try and repair an automaton. The project was left behind by his late father, played by Jude Law. The film also stars Sacha Baron Cohen of "Borat" fame, Christopher Lee and Ben Kingsley.
The Weinstein Company's "My Week With Marilyn" had a limited opening, playing in a total of 244 locations by Friday and earned a three-day cume of $918,000.
"My Week with Marilyn" is based on the week that British writer Colin Clark worked as Monroe's assistant while she was filming "The Prince and the Showgirl" in the United Kingdom in the summer of 1956. British actor Eddie Redmayne plays Clark while Monroe is portrayed by Michelle Williams.
Other weekend releases included "The Artist" and Keira Knightley's Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung film, "A Dangerous Method," which earned $75,000 and $59,000 respectively with very limited releases.
Watch the trailers for "The Muppets," "Hugo," "My Week With Marilyn" and "A Dangerous Method" below.