The Thanksgiving holiday weekend offered a rich groaning board for mainstream and specialty audiences alike as more films pushed into the award season fray. Holdover "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part One" and new Disney musical "The Muppets" dominated the weekend, while "The Descendants" proved a powerful word-of-mouth hit for Fox Searchlight. On the downside, Martin Scorsese's $150-170 million 3-D period family film "Hugo" needed much bigger opening numbers to make back its production and marketing costs.
Even with a 69% drop on its second weekend, vampire soap "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" continued to pull women, grossing $62.3 million over five days and $42 million over three days. Its North American total is $221 million, just behind "New Moon"'s second weekend total, $230 million. Worldwide, the penultimate "Twilight" film grossed a weekend estimate of $71.5 million from 68 markets, with a foreign total of $268 million and a worldwide total of $489 million.
"Twilight" aside, five family films battled for the same demo, led by James Bobin and Jason Segal's modestly-budgeted $45 million musical "The Muppets" (97% Tomatometer), which rejuvenated a sleeping Disney franchise (even without the support of Frank Oz), grossing $29.5 million over three days and a total $42 million through Sunday. Its A Cinemascore promises long b.o. legs through Christmas.