Happy Feet Two stumbling to second at box office

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Happy Feet Two

Happy Feet Two

Warner Bros. might need a refer­ral to the podiatrist.

Its pen­guin sequel Happy Feet Two made only $22 mil­lion dur­ing its open­ing week­end in North Amer­ica, reach­ing No. 2 spot and col­lect­ing just half of what the orig­i­nal, Happy Feet, brought in dur­ing its debut week­end in 2006.

What’s more, the sequel had a leg up on the orig­i­nal, as it had screen­ings in 3-D, which cost a few dol­lars more than those in 2-D.

The family-oriented ani­ma­tion opened in Mex­ico and four smaller coun­tries, mak­ing $2.6 mil­lion from 969 venues abroad. It reached No. 1 in Malaysia.

Fea­tur­ing voice actors Eli­jah Wood and Robin Williams in return roles, Happy Feet Two received mixed to bad reviews. Nonethe­less, Warner Bros. said that audi­ences rated it highly, which could give it legs over the next few weeks.

We hon­estly feel we’ll pick up some steam and play some catch-up as we get into the hol­i­days,” said WB’s head of dis­tri­b­u­tion, Dan Fellman.

The big win­ner at the North Amer­i­can box office was the live-action The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Dawn — Part 1, which opened with an enor­mous $139.5 mil­lion domes­ti­cally and another $144 mil­lion in 54 over­seas coun­tries, accord­ing to stu­dio esti­mates Sunday.

In fifth place domes­ti­cally was Dream­Works Puss In Boots, with $10.7 mil­lion. The Shrek spin-off made another $2.4 mil­lion at 1,191 loca­tions in five over­seas coun­tries for a cumu­la­tee for­eign gross of $53.1 million.

North Amer­i­can busi­ness reached $222 mil­lion, up 14% from the same week­end last year, when Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows: Part 1 topped the box office with $125 mil­lion, accord­ing to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

The ani­mated Aardman-SPA hol­i­day tale Arthur Christ­masopens Wednes­day for the all-important Thanks­giv­ing week­end in the United States. The movie was in sixth place over­seas this week­end with $5 mil­lion from 1,610 screens in five coun­tries and has made $9 mil­lion so far. It opened at No. 9 this past week­end in Ger­many, mak­ing $1.06 mil­lion from 630 venues.

This and other new films could break the Thanks­giv­ing record set in 2009, when New Moon led to a $273 mil­lion domes­tic result between Wednes­day and Sunday.

This could be one of the great­est movie-going week­ends ever in the midst of a year that has really had its ups and downs at the box office,” said Hollywood.com ana­lyst Paul Dergarabedian.

Ticket sales were esti­mated for Fri­day through Sun­day at U.S. and Cana­dian the­aters, accord­ing to Hollywood.com. Final domes­tic fig­ures are sched­uled for release Monday.

Mean­while, Sony-Paramount’s The Adven­tures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Uni­cornwas No. 2 this week­end abroad, gross­ing $21.7 mil­lion from 13,039 venues in 53 coun­tries. In China, it opened to $7.4 mil­lion from 7,030 locations.

Tintin’s for­eign gross has reached $187.6 mil­lion. The Steven Spiel­berg ani­ma­tion opens in North Amer­ica on Decem­ber 21.

[Via Asso­ci­ated Press — news.yahoo.com/breaking-dawn-rises-283-5m-worldwide-debut-162351779.html, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter

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