It's one of the most bizarre weeks in the history of movies - zero major releases on the schedule. That courtesy of the flood of flicks unleashed over the Thanksgiving weekend and the fact that most of us are off to the mall rather than the movie theater. It's all about leftovers but a fabulously fresh one at the top:
- The Muppets ($18M) - Seriously shocked Kermit and crew didn't kill it as I expected last weekend but when you have 67 family films to pick from - fragmentation of the cash is the natural result. Having scored an 'A' from Cinemascore (culled from folks who just watched the movie), a solid stick in the second week is a lock.
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 ($15M) - Bella and Edward's run at the top sadly takes a stake to the heart but the thing has already fanged $500M worldwide.
- Arthur Christmas ($14M) - Now that we have officially entered "Christmas mode" - the lone holiday-themed creation will experience one of the biggest rarities at the box office - a second-weekend surge.
- Happy Feet Two ($9M) - The penguin gets undercut again by two superior family films - heads are rolling at Warner Bros. after an underwhelming $45M in the coffers.
- Hugo ($8M) - After receiving the National Board of Review's best film of 2011 - Martin Scorsese's loving tribute to the cinema is in line for a slow burn at the box office heading into Oscar season.
- The Descendants ($8M) - George Clooney scored Best Actor by the aforementioned board and deservingly so - it could be Clooney's finest performance ever.