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The weekend after Thanksgiving is terrible for Hollywood - Here's why

The movie industry is a strange thing. Studio executives like to think they can predict what people want to see at the movies. Sometimes they can, but more often than not, they fail. The art of releasing movies seems to be as much of an emotional game as it is strictly about numbers, which is why I found it very strange when I realized that there were no new films coming out this weekend. Sometimes there four or five major movie releases in a week and once in a while there’s only one, but I cannot remember the last time there were no new wide releases in a weekend. Following a big Thanksgiving weekend filled with three family films—The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, and Hugo—none of the major studios have a film lined up for this weekend. What’s the deal?

The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually bad for films, from what I have read, but is it so bad that studios should give up? I mean, it’s guaranteed to be a bad weekend if absolutely no one is willing to risk releasing a movie. As it stands, The Muppets and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will battle it out for the top spot.

Being the analytical guy that I am, I’ve gathered and attempted to analyze release and ticket sales data from the last 16 years of post-Thanksgiving box office weekends and see if there are any patterns. As it turns out, fear of the post-Thanksgiving weekend is not a new phenomenon in Hollywood.

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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' scores $139.5 million opening - Fifth biggest of all time

It looks like Ryan wasn’t the only person seeing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 this weekend. The Vampire love saga raked in about $139.5 million, according to studio estimates. The debut was slightly less than the $142.7 million debut for The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. 80 percent of attendees were female and 60 percent were older than 21. This is about in line with New Moon, which had an 80 percent female opening, but higher than Eclipse, which opened with a 65 percent mix of the ladies. 

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Harry Potter finale grosses $92.1 million in its first day - a new record

It seems like Harry Potter's fortunes just keep multiplying. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 brought in an estimated $92.1 million dollars on its opening day of 7/15/2011, according to Box Office Mojo. We'll learn the complete number on Sunday, but the sequel is easily the most successful opening (monetarily) in U.S. box office history, beating The Twilight Saga: New Moon $72.7 million opening in 2009 and The Dark Knight $67.2 million opening in 2008. 

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Infographic: The Steven Spiel'berg' of success (it's an iceberg with box office grosses on it)

There's no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood. That being the case, some clever gents have put together this fancy infographic showing the box office grosses of his 20 most successful films and all the fun awards he's earned through the years. For those of you wondering, no Steven Spielberg was not involved with Titanic, despite the big iceberg below. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Not good. Movie ticket prices rise 5% in 2010

Ticket prices have risen 40 cents (5%) this year, while attendance has fallen 1%, according to a new report by TheWrap. Even with stagnant attendance, Hollywood is set to bring in more than the $10.6 billion it brought in last year by a good margin. The scape-goat for high prices: 3D.

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The Expendables debuts decently, Scott Pilgrim is in for a fight (box office) 

It seems that collecting every major action star and having them shoot shit for an hour and a half will get you $35 million. It's a far cry from today's biggest releases, but puts the movie well on its way to breaking its $70 million budget. At 64, Sylvester Stallone is officially an action star again. Julia Roberts ate, prayed, and loved her way to number two. The full Top 10 is below.

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Toy Story 3 becomes Pixar's highest-grossing movie

After seven years, Finding Nemo has finally met its match. Grossing $896,210,546 and counting, Toy Story 3 has officially surpassed Nemo's impressive worldwide haul of $867,894,287 back in 2003. Pixar is the only studio I can think of that has never had a bomb. All 11 of its films have been hits both critically and commercially. With the exception of Cars 2 on the horizon, this trend looks safe to continue.

For a complete list of Pixar films and their worldwide grosses, click here


The Other Guys extracts Inception from the #1 spot (box office)

I'm gonna get sad when I can't use terrible Inception jokes in these box office rundowns. Yes, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have taken down the Christopher Nolan, who sat atop the box office for an impressive three weeks

  1. The Other Guys - $35,600,000 (Total: $35,600,000)
  2. Inception - $18,600,000 (Total: $227,732,000)
  3. Step Up 3-D - $15,500,000 (Total: $15,500,000)
  4. Salt - $11,100,000 (Total: $91,980,000)
  5. Dinner for Schmucks - $10,500,000 (Total: $46,746,000)
  6. Despicable Me - $9,400,000 (Total: $209,400,000)
  7. Cats & Dogs: TROKG - $6910,000 (Total: $26,436,000)
  8. Charlie St. Cloud - $4,700,000 (Total: $23,500,000)
  9. Toy Story 3 - $3,048,000 (Total: $396,317,000)
  10. The Kids Are All Right - $2,606,000 (Total: $14,011,000)

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Inception keeps spinning at #1 for a third weekend (box office)

Dinner for Schmucks can't dethrone Inception, which continues its dream run in theaters this weekend. 

  1. Inception - $27,520,000 (Total: $193,348,000)
  2. Dinner for Schmucks - $23,300,000 (Total: $23,300,000)
  3. Salt - $19,250,000 (Total: $70,800,000)
  4. Despicable Me - $15,543,000 (Total: $190,349,000)
  5. Cats & Dogs: Kitty Galore - $12,525,000 (Total: $12,525,000)
  6. Charlie St. Cloud - $12,136,000 (Total: $12,136,000)
  7. Toy Story 3 - $5,035,000 (Total: $389,674,000)
  8. Grown Ups - $4,500,000 (Total: $150,713,000)
  9. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - $4,320,000 (Total: $51,881,000)
  10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $3,965,000 (Total: $288,200,000)

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Has our bromance with Judd Apatow ended? A box office history from VIRGIN to GREEK

Judd Apatow has seen better days. A few years ago he couldn't go wrong with $100 million hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, and Superbad. Now his newest feature, Get Him to the Greek, can't dethrone Shrek Forever After, a deflated, three-week-old sequel that continues to top the box office because of the incompetence of every other new release that has followed it. The new comedy took in a weak $17.5 million in its opening weekend, despite being quite hilarious. What's the deal? Are audiences tired of Judd Apatow's foul-mouthed, bromantic comedies? 

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