Friday Report: Quiet Debuts for 'New Year's Eve,' 'Sitter'
by Ray Subers
December 10, 2011
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There probably weren't too many bottles of champagne popped over New Year's Eve's opening night performance. The ensemble romantic comedy managed to unseat The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, though it's now in line for a fairly slow debut weekend. Meanwhile, Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter failed to break out of the R-rated comedy rut.
While a substantial decline was to be expected, New Year's Eve's $5.08 million debut yesterday was off a massive 65 percent from Valentine's Day's $14.5 million opening day. It was also lower than similarly-timed romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give ($5.27 million), though it was at least an improvement over The Holiday ($4.44 million). Based on those comparisons, the movie appears poised to finish the weekend with around $15 million.
The Sitter opened to an estimated $3.73 million on Friday, which is middle-of-the-road among recent R-rated comedies (below A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas but way above What's Your Number?). The Jonah Hill babysitting comedy should wind up with over $10 million for the three-day frame.
After leading the box office for 21 straight days, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 dropped down to third place with an estimated $2.5 million. The movie currently has $254.1 million in the bank, and it continues to slowly gain on New Moon ($261.8 million through the same point).
The Muppets fell 39 percent to an estimated $1.66 million, bringing its total to $60.4 million. Hugo rounded out the Top Five by easing 20 percent to $1.6 million for a gross-to-date just shy of $29 million.
As is common for Christmas-themed movies at this time of year, Sony/Aardman's Arthur Christmas was off a light 13 percent to an estimated $1.43 million. Still, it's only made $28.3 million so far, and has a long way to go to be considered a success.
After three weeks in limited release, The Descendants officially made its nationwide expansion this weekend and added $1.32 million. The Alexander Payne-George Clooney comedy/drama has now earned $20.6 million, and should hold well throughout the holiday season as awards nominations start rolling in.
• Forecast: 'New Year's Eve' Arrives Early
• Grosses for Friday, December 9, 2011