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December 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Last February, Sony’s Valentine’s Day, featuring a raft of stars, opened to poor reviews and a solid $56.3 million. Last weekend, New Year’s Eve, featuring a raft of stars, opened to poor reviews and a measly $13.01 million. It is a measure of how poorly the box office performed overall that New Year’s Eve finished at No. 1. The Sitter, starring Jonah Hill, came in at No. 2 with $9.85 million. In fact, with less than $75 million — total — in box-office coffers, you’d have to go back to September 2008 to find a worse overall performance by a crop of movies. Finishing in third place, with $7.8 million, was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, bringing its four-week total to $259.4 million. That was enough to make it the third-highest grossing movie of the year behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. There was one bit of good news: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy sold out in the two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles where it opened with $310,562, or a per-theater average of $77,641.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. New Year’s Eve, Warner Bros., $13,019,180, (New); 2. The Sitter, 20th Century Fox, $9,851,435, (New); 3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, Summit, $7,819,402, 4 Wks. ($259,402,669); 4. The Muppets, Disney, $6,978,870, 3 Wks. ($65,742,128); 5. Arthur Christmas, Sony, $6,510,486, 3 Wks. ($33,400,598); 6. Hugo, Paramount, $6,050,309, 3 Wks. ($33,414,719); 7. The Descendants, Fox Searchlight, $4,380,138, 4 Wks. ($23,630,561); 8. Happy Feet 2, Warner Bros., $3,690,304, 4 Wks. ($56,790,405); 9. Jack and Jill, Sony, $3,085,098, 5 Wks. ($68,527,385); 10. Immortals, Relativity Media, $2,461,227, 5 Wks. ($79,868,732).