“Breaking Dawn” Retains Box-Office Lead

In a slow week in the North American box office, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” set a record for the vampire movie franchise by capturing the top spot for the third-straight week.

“Breaking Dawn” earned an estimated $16.9 million over the weekend in the United States and Canada while adding $40.2 million in the international market to jack up its worldwide total to $588.3 million and become the first film of the franchise to reign for more than two weeks. The box office earned a total of about $82 million this weekend, the second slowest this year. Coming in second to “Breaking Dawn” was the family film “The Muppets” with $11.2 million followed by Martin Scorsese’s 3D adventure “Hugo,” which grossed an estimated $7.6 million. “Hugo” was slightly ahead of another 3D film, the animated “Arthur Christmas,” which added $7.4 million to its total earnings.

“Happy Feet Two” and “Jack and Jill” came in fifth and sixth with $6 million and $5.5 million, respectively.  “The Descendants,” “Immortals,” “Tower Heist,” and “Puss in Boots” rounded out the top ten.