Weekend Predictions: 'The Muppets,' 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I,' 'Hugo' and 'Arthur Christmas'
Featured Stories - on December 01, 2011 by Phil Contrino
No new wide releases this coming weekend means there will be a battle of the holdovers at the box office. We're giving a slight edge to The Muppets.
Word of mouth is very strong for The Muppets thanks to more than 19,000 Flixster users combining to give the Disney flick an outstanding 92% approval rating. Facebook and Twitter activity remain healthy as well.
As of 4 p.m. PT, Fandango reports that The Muppets is responsible for 17% of daily sales.
Look for The Muppets to grab $16.5 million during its debut frame.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I won't be far behind The Muppets. In fact, there's still a strong chance that Summit's cash cow could stay #1 for the third weekend in a row. Even with drastic weekend-to-weekend declines, Breaking Dawn - Part I still has enough of a base to remain at the front of the pack.
Fandango reports that Breaking Dawn - Part I is responsible for 30% of daily sales.
Hugo looks to poised to pass Arthur Christmas after finishing behind it last weekend. Hugo's 87% approval rating from more than 10,100 Flixster trumps Arthur Christmas' 81% rating from nearly 8,000. Hugo will also be adding more theaters—another big advantage.
Fandango reports that Hugo is responsible for 7% of daily sales, and Arthur Christmas trailing with 3%.
Hugo should take in $8 million to Arthur Christmas' $6.5 million.
Check out the rest of our top 10 predictions in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor|| Weekend Gross ||Cumulative|
|The Muppets||Nov 23, 2011||Disney
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1||Nov 18, 2011||Summit
|Hugo||Nov 23, 2011||Paramount
|Arthur Christmas||Nov 23, 2011||Sony / Columbia
|Happy Feet Two||Nov 18, 2011||Warner Bros.
|The Descendants||Nov 16, 2011||Fox Searchlight
|Jack and Jill||Nov 11, 2011||Sony / Columbia
|Immortals||Nov 11, 2011||Relativity Media
|Tower Heist||Nov 4, 2011||Universal
|Puss in Boots (2011)||Oct 28, 2011||Paramount / DreamWorks
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.