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US box office revenues tumble to 2011 low

Still of Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele in the 2011 film, 'New Year's Eve.' (Photo by Andrew Schwartz, courtesy of New Line Productions)

December 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
At a time when movie attendance usually starts to pick up for end-of-year new releases, there's been another poor showing at the box office this weekend, possibly Hollywood's worst in more than three years.

Fewer people went to the movies the last two weekends than during the box-office hush that followed the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago.

Domestic revenues tumbled to a 2011 low of about $77 million this weekend, when the star-filled, holiday-themed romance "New Year's Eve" debuted at No. 1 with a weak $13.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The movie stars Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher and Sarah Jessica Parker among other big names.

Jonah Hill's comedy "The Sitter" opened at No. 2 with just $10 million.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" fell to No. 3 with an estimated $7.9 million.

"The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas" rounded out the top five.

The top 10 movies of the weekend were:

1. "New Year's Eve," $13.7 million ($12.9 million international).
2. "The Sitter," $10 million.
3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," $7.9 million.
4. "The Muppets," $7.1 million ($1.2 million international).
5. "Arthur Christmas," $6.6 million ($14.3 million international).
6. "Hugo," $6.1 million.
7. "The Descendants," $4.4 million.
8. "Happy Feet Two," $3.8 million.
9. "Jack and Jill," $3.2 million.
10. "Immortals," $2.4 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.