|3||Arthur Christmas (us)||11/25/11||180,315||187,475|
|4||Real Steel (us)||10/12/11||119,490||3,398,026|
|7||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (us)||11/30/11||88,116||90,650|
|9||You're My Pet||11/10/11||30,600||519,726|
The new king of the box office is the new Korean film SIU which opened with a strong 346,875. Besides the very present marketing I have not heard much about the film so it is hard to say where it might go from here. In any case it will most certainly be a one-trick pony in the top spot as it will do battle with Twilight next weekend.
Sunny. This probably won't happen, especially given some strong competition ahead, but if this year's Korean box office stories have taught us anything it is that it is certainly possible.
The next 6 slots were all occupied by American fare, starting with the seasonal children's movie Arthur Christmas which had an okay start with 180,315.
You're My Pet took the penultimate spot with 30,600, a sizable drop from last weekend but it has amassed a decent 519,726 to date. Finally Penny Pinchers also took a fall to 24,552 for a reasonable 407,914 total.
Next weekend: A big test ahead for domestic films as the new Twilight will open wide after it's already successful previews. I'm expecting a slightly better opening than the previous installments and then a steep drop-off so look for a opening in the region of 850,000, which will be more than enough for first place.
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