Box Office: Early Weekend Estimates Suggest Cool Kids Aren't Trying Hard Enough
Numbers three through seven are jumbled, in the low to mid-teens. The big disappointment here is Martin Scorcese's Hugo, the kids movie from the director of Goodfellas. Despite great reviews, the film will likely end the weekend with around $14 million, less than holdover Happy Feet Two, likely to end up with around $17.5 million and $30 million overall, a flop so big that the Australian animation company behind it will be forced to lay off 600 employees. Arthur Christmas looks poised to top Hugo as well, with around $16 million (Agent Bedhead will have that review up tomorrow). Jack and Jill will add another $14 million, and Immortals will add another $13 million, both in their third weekends.
Finally, The Descendants, in limited release, looks to have another nice weekend with over $7 million on less than 400 theaters. My Week with Marilyn (review Monday) and A Dangerous Method (review this afternoon) also opened in limited release this weekend.