U.S. Box Office Weekend – Dec 9 – 11 – Openers – New Years Eve & The Sitter & Specialised Releases

Two comedies rolled out in wide release on Friday with Garry Marshall’s NEW YEARS EVE (released here also) and David Gordon Green’s THE SITTER (March 1 in Australia) leading the charge. The 3 week dominance of Summit’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART ONE has come to an end with NEW YEARS EVE topping the shop. With a strong multi-caster like NYE you would expect it to take the flag and it did deliver a number 1 result on a modest circa US$15m result. THE SITTER, the Jonah Hill R – Rated souped up version of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (or A NIGHT ON THE TOWN depending what part of the world you are tuning in from), came in 2nd with a softer $10m weekend.

NEW YEARS EVE went out on roughly 3,500 screens giving it a screen average of $4,280. From here this film should finish it’s life in the states on around $45-$50m.

THE SITTER went out on 2,750 screens giving it a screen average of $3,636. From here this looks to finish its U.S. run around that $30m mark.

Deadline’s Nikki Finke reports: And the second weekend in a row where the overall movie total won’t make more than $80M for possibly 2011′s lowest haul. It’s also down 8% from last year.

It has been a really wild year for the box office in the United States but there is sunshine on the horizon – as we head into the awards season and consideration windows are closing fast you’ll see alot more pictures getting specialised releases – this week kicked it off with limited releases of:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – 4 screens – Screen Average $22,671 – A Sensational result and bodes very well for when the film expands.

Young Adult – 8 Screens – Screen Average $11,208 – Another solid upscale comedy result for the Diablo Cody scripted film. Charlize is getting alot of heat for this one. (Jan 19, 2012 in Aus)

The Adventures Of Tintin – 70 Screens – Screen Average $19,869 – This is great news for the Christmas wide release of the film that has blitzed Europe. When this one’s print count number hits 3,500+ it’ll still hold a screen average somewhere up there for its opening weekend which will translate into a number like $69.64mill opening weekend!

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl – 80 Screens – Screen Average $815 – A disaster

I Melt With You – 2 Screens – Screen Average $389 – A disaster of EPIC proportions.

My thanks to deadline for the figures..