"New Year's Eve" Rings in Cash, Box-Office Still Sluggish! Check Out the Not-Quite Top 10 Box-Office Films
So here's the current threat in Hollywood -- fewer moviegoers have been going to the movies! It's been dead for the last two weekends. Yikes! The box-office has not been this slow since the weekend that followed the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Box-office total was just about $77 million, an all-time low this year. It's considerably lower than last weekend's brutal $81 million domestic revenues.
Against that dire backdrop, "New Year's Eve" captured the No. 1 spot with a weak $13.7 million. Warner Bros. was predicting, hoping that the romantic anthology would open around $20 million or more. But alas, the Garry Marshall film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank and Jessica Biel, among many others, only managed a so-so opening.
"New Year's Eve" movie review
"New Year's Eve" interview with Hilary Swank, Jake T. Austin, Hector Elizondo, and director Garry Marshall
"The Sitter," the Jonah Hill so-so film from the "Pineapple Express" director, David Gordon Green, debuted at No. 2 with only $10 million. It's truly abysmal I say! Let's see if Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law can help matters next weekend with "Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows." Or maybe the IMAX screenings of Brad Bird's Tom Cruise-starrer "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." Or heaven forbid, the sequel "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked." Perhaps, Alvin and his merry band of chipmunks can help save Hollywood.
One thing's for sure, the sure-fire Oscar contenders such as Charlize Theron's "Young Adult" and Gary Oldman's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" are doing well in limited release. "Young Adult" ($320,000) averaged $40,000 per cinema in just eight theaters, while "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" ($300,737) took in about $75,184 average in just four theaters.
Here's the not quite stellar Top 10 box office films for weekend of Dec. 9th:
1. "New Year's Eve," $13.7 million ($12.9 million international).
2. "The Sitter," $10 million.
3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," $7.9 million.
4. "The Muppets," $7.1 million ($1.2 million international).
5. "Arthur Christmas," $6.6 million ($14.3 million international).
6. "Hugo," $6.1 million.
7. "The Descendants," $4.4 million.
8. "Happy Feet Two," $3.8 million.
9. "Jack and Jill," $3.2 million.
10. "Immortals," $2.4 million.
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