'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' tops Thanksgiving box office weekend
The vampires in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" ruled the box office once again for the second weekend in a row over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The penultimate film in "The Twilight Saga" franchise earned an estimated $42 million domestically over the three-day weekend and $62.3 million in the five-day stretch from Wednesday to Sunday, according to The Associated Press. The weekend sum raised its domestic total to $221.3 million, while it added $71.5 million overseas, lifting its worldwide total to $489.3 million.
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.
Making its debut in second place is the recent revival of the Muppets franchise with Jason Segel. "The Muppets" took in an estimated $29.5 million for the three-day weekend and $42 million over the five-day holiday weekend.
The film opened on Wednesday and was up against two other family films, "Arthur Christmas" and Martin Scorsese's children's film, "Hugo." The movie featured appearances by Jack Black, Selena Gomez, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski, Sarah Silverman and Rashida Jones.
In third place is the sequel to the 2006 film "Happy Feet." "Happy Feet 2" featured the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams and took in an estimated domestic total of $13.4 million for the three-day weekend.
Finishing out the top five are "Arthur Christmas" with $12.7 million in fourth place and "Hugo" at No. 5 with $11.4 million.