'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' still No. 1 at U.S. box office on Thanksgiving, beats 'Muppets,' 'Hugo'
11/25/2011 by Corinne Heller
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" topped the U.S. box office on Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, a week after it opened, beating new films "The Muppets" and Martin Scorsese's children's flick "Hugo." 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 $7.8 million on Thursday and has so far grossed $179.3 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, earned $6.6 million on Wednesday, the day it was released, and $5.9 million on Thanksgiving, grossing a total of $12.5 million domestically. The movie stars Jason Segel of "How I Met Your Mother" and Amy Adams. "Hugo," which is directed by Scorsese, earned $1.6 million on its opening day on Wednesday and $2.3 million on Thursday, grossing just over $4 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. "Happy Feet Two," the sequel to a 2006 animated penguin-themed film that stars Elijah Wood and Robin Williams, came in fourth place on Thanksgiving, having made just over $2 million on Thursday. The movie has grossed a total of $30.3 million since its November 18 release. "Immortals," a Greek mythology-themed action film starring Mickey Rourke and Henry Cavill, earned $1.9 million on Thursday and a total of $59.8 million since its November 11 release. Adam Sandler's new comedy "Jack and Jill" came in sixth place on Thanksgiving at the U.S. box office. The movie sees the actor playing a man as well as his sister and also stars Katie Holmes as his wife and Al Pacino, who portrays a crazier version of himself. The film made $1.88 million domestically on Thursday and has grossed more $47 million since it was released on November 11. "Arthur Christmas," an animated holiday film that focuses on Santa's son, placed seventh at the U.S. box office on Thursday. That day, it made $1.85 million. The film has made $4.25 million since it hit theaters on Wednesday. "Arthur Christmas" features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria.
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