UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th December 2011...
After a low-key opening way back in mid-November (during which it lost out on the top spot to Immortals), Aardman Animations' Arthur Christmas finally toppled The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in its fourth weekend and now - three weeks later - the CG-animated movie has once again reached the summit of the UK box office chart. With UK cinemas closed on Christmas Day, Arthur Christmas pulled in a fantastic seventh-weekend haul of £2.05m from the Friday-Saturday period, pushing its cumulative total beyond the £17.5m mark. Still, with the holidays coming to an end, you'd have to expect a rapid descent over the next couple of weeks.
After occupying the top two positions last week, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked drop to second and third, while Puss in Boots and New Year's Eve hold on to fourth and fifth. Bollywood acton sequel Don 2 was the only new release to appear in the chart, taking sixth with a solid £320k from just 76 screens and pushing Hugo, Happy Feet Two and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 down into seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. Finally, It's a Wonderful Life appears in the chart in tenth - the James Stewart holiday classic earning £75k from a limited re-release on 50 screens.
Number one this time last year: Little Fockers
The final Friday of 2011 offers nothing in the way of new releases, with Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo having already opened here in the UK on Boxing Day.
U.K. Box Office Archive