It’s a big year for pregnancies in pop culture. There’s a pregnancy in “Bones,” there’s two in “The Office,” there was one in “Parenthood,” another in “Boardwalk Empire,” one in “Once Upon a Time,” and there’s even a sitcom, “Up All Night” born out of a pregnancy. That’s not even to mention two pregnancies announced by writers of this site, TK & Courtney. And now comes Breaking Dawn Part I and the mother of all pregnancies: A vampire baby who has to be gnawed out of its mother’s uterus. That’s actually TK’s planned method: He and Mrs. TK have scheduled a gnawing for next May.
You’d think a movie about a baby that tries to kill its mother from the womb would be more entertaining than Breaking Dawn, but you’d be wrong. The fact that very little actually happens in Breaking Dawn, however, did not hinder its box-office, as it nearly broke a number of box-office records with its $139.5 million opening weekend. It fetched the third highest single day gross, the second highest November opening weekend, and it was the fourth fastest to $100 million. The surprise to me, here, is that it was 80 percent females, which means that 20 percent had to be men. Woah. The only guy I saw at the screening I attended was wearing a hoodie over his face and sitting in the only row behind mine (that asshole took my seat).
And just like that, in three days, Breaking Dawn is the third highest pregnancy movie of all time, and for the purposes of the 10 Most Successful Pregnancy movies we’re just going to project out its gross to $290 million (slightly below New Moon) and give it the top spot.
1. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part I, $290 million (projected)
2. Knocked Up, $148 million
3. Juno, $143 million
4. Father of the Bride Part II< $76 million
5. Nine Months, $76 million
6. Baby Mama, $60 million
7. Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, $47 million
8. The Unborn, $42 million
9. Legion, $40 million
10. The Nativity Story, $37 million
You see that, folks? The birth of Renesme out-grossed the birth of Christ by $250 million. I’ll say this, though: Terrible movie, but that birth scene is going to make for a few splendid GIFs someday.
The box office was up 14 percent over the same weekend last year, and could end up being the 5th highest grossing weekend ever recorded but it wasn’t all happy smiles and lollipop feathers: Happy Feet Two opened with only $22 million, barely half as much as the original film’s opening weekend. Typically, kid’s films have long legs, but with The Muppets arriving on Wednesday, Happy Feet Two may get buried in the felt avalanche.
The next three movies were each holdovers that displayed significant drops from last weekend: The Immortals ($12.3 million, -62%), Jack and Jill ($12 million, -53%) and Puss in Boots ($10.7 million, -56%). To be fair to Puss in Boots, however, that was its fourth weekend and its now reached $120 million at the box office.
In limited release, The Descendants performed remarkably, landing in the top 10 despite opening in only 29 screens (compared to the 4,000+ for Breaking Dawn). It amassed a $42,000 per screen average, easily best among all releases. I assume it will be rolling out to more theaters this weekend and the next, so you’ll get to see it in your neck of the woods and, according to Dan’s review, you absolutely should.