Weekend Box Office Totals – (Worst Weekend In 3 Years!)

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Entertainment News
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The holiday spirit is eluding Hollywood, which has stumbled through its worst two weekends of 2011 at the box office at a time of year when business usually starts to pick up.

Overall domestic revenues for the past weekend are expected to come in below the dismal $81 million haul of a week ago, which had been the low weekend so far this year. This looks like Hollywood’s worst total in more than three years, going back to the weekend after Labor Day in 2008, when overall grosses finished below $70 million.

The star-filled romance “New Year’s Eve” led this weekend with a weak $13.7 million debut. The cast includes Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Jonah Hill’s comedy “The Sitter” opened at No. 2 with just $10 million.

Among holdovers, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” fell to No. 3 after ruling the top spot for three consecutive weekends. The movie grossed $7.9 million during the weekend for a domestic total of $259.6 million.

“Arthur Christmas” fell 11 percent from last weekend, the best staying power of any nationwide release, grossing $6.6 million for a total of $33.5 million. Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” fell 19 percent at the domestic box office as it increased its theater count from roughly 1,800 to 2,608, grossing $6.1 million for a domestic total of $33.5 million in its third weekend.

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