'Breaking Dawn' leads 'The Muppets' at Thanksgiving box office
"Breaking Dawn" made an estimated $7.8 million on Thanksgiving, on top of $12.5 million it took in on Wednesday (Nov. 23). It's likely to pull in somewhere around $55 million for the five-day holiday weekend, which will push its domestic total past the $200 million mark.
"The Muppets," meanwhile, has made $12.5 million in its first two days, opening with an estimated $6.6 million on Wednesday and following up with $5.9 million Thursday. Pre-weekend forecasts had it making anywhere between $40 million and $50 million from Wednesday to Sunday. It may fall short of that, but considering the movie's budget was only about $45 million, it's still poised to do pretty well.
The weekend's other two wide releases are more of a mixed bag. "Arthur Christmas" earned $2.4 million on Wednesday but fell to $1.9 million on Thursday. It's looking like the movie will make in the $15 million range by Sunday, below the $20 million box-office pundits were predicting earlier in the week.
Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," meanwhile, is on track to beat its $10 million-$12 million projection. After opening to a little under $1.7 million (in far fewer theaters than either "The Muppets" or "Arthur Christmas") it improved to $2.35 million on Thursday.
In limited release at 123 theaters, "My Week with Marilyn" -- which is generating serious Oscar talk for star Michelle Williams -- has made $311,000 over its first two days.