Hollywood box office numbers were revealed on Sunday and it was officially the worst earnings weekend of 2011 with no film surpassing even the $15 million mark.
The weekends number one film was New Year’s Eve which scraped together just $13.7 million despite a star studded cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry and Seth Meyers among others. The movie cost $56 million to produce and studio executives now hope that the movie will do increasingly better as Year Year’s Eve approaches.
In second place at the box office was the Jonah Hill vehicle The Sitter which took in just $10 million ($25 million to produce) after receive a C+ score from CinemaScore. The Sitter is a second miss in a row for Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green who’s last outing Your Highness scored just $21.6 million during it’s time in theaters.
In third place was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn which took in a fourth weekend total of $7.9 million for a total domestic take of $259.5 million so far.
Rounding out the top five was The Muppets with $7 millions (total of $65.2 million after three weekends) and Arthur Christmas with $6.6 million for a total 17 day take of $33.5 million, not the best outcome for a move that cost $98 million to animate.
When all was said and done the Top 20 movies at the North American box office grossed just $73.2 million, the worst weekend total of 2011.
Are you surprised by the lack of performance at the box office? With R-Rated movies and a lack of blockbusters I can’t say I’m surprised by the lack of interest in current released movies.