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BREAKING DAWN Fails to Break Five-Weekend TWILIGHT Movie Record

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn

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Rounding out the top ten at the domestic box office this Christmas weekend was Amy Adams-Jason Segel's The Muppets with $2.14 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. And that means Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, went the way of its three predecessors: David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Chris Weisz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight were all gone from the top-ten chart after five weekends.

What's most surprising is how far down on the chart Breaking Dawn landed: no. 16 (both for the tree-day and the four-day weekend periods). Summit has lowered the film's estimates from $2.1 million to $1.52 million — which means a major 64 percent drop-off rate from the previous weekend following the loss of 1,355 locations. For comparison's sake: on Christmas weekend 2009 (Christmas fell on a Friday), New Moon was down only 31 percent from the previous weekend despite the loss of 1,442 locations; it earned $3.04m. At this stage, it seems that Breaking Dawn will end its North American run about $20m+ behind both Eclipse and New Moon, or about $178m-$180m. Earlier predictions had the fourth Twilight movie cuming at $185m-$190m.

Also worth noting, both Martin Scorsese's Hugo and The Muppets had much better holds than Breaking Dawn despite steep reductions in available screens: Hugo was down 43 percent after losing 1,296 sites; The Muppets was down 39 percent after losing 1,272 sites.

In addition to The Muppets and Hugo, ahead of Breaking Dawn Part 1 are George Clooney's The Descendants, Sarah Smith/James McAvoy's animated feature Arthur Christmas, Jonah Hill's The Sitter, and Jason Reitman/Charlize Theron's Young Adult. Even so, Breaking Dawn has managed to reach a domestic cume of $270.32m. And remember: there may be some more switching around when weekend box office actuals are released on Tuesday.

In addition to Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner, the extensive Breaking Dawn cast includes Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, MyAnna Buring, Booboo Stewart, and Michael Sheen.

Plus Maggie Grace, Lee Pace, Sarah Clarke, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Welch, Christian Camargo, Julia Jones, Gil Birmingham, Kiowa Gordon, Billy Burke, Bronson Pelletier, Charlie Bewley, Tyson Houseman, Daniel Cudmore, Jamie Campbell Bower, Casey LaBow, Mia Maestro, and Alex Meraz.

And finally, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, despite the presence of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, averaged a just okay $11,833 at six theaters. It gross was $71,000 ($137,000 over the four-day weekend, averaging $22,833). At three locations, from Fri-Sun. Wim Wenders' Pina averaged $20,767 ($62,000 total), while Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, averaged $6,300 ($18,900 total).

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart/The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

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