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New Year's Eve Drops Ball on Breaking Dawn's BO Reign

New Line's epic romcom NEW YEAR'S EVE finished in first place at the U.S. box office for the weekend of Dec. 9-11, 2011.

New Line's epic romcom NEW YEAR'S EVE finished in first place at the U.S. box office for the weekend of Dec. 9-11, 2011. With vfx from Method Studios, the star-studded affair earned $13.7 million.

Fox's raunchy comedy THE SITTER kidnapped the second slot with $10 million.

Summit's three-weeks-in-a-row champ, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 1, descended to third, taking in another $7.9 million. With vfx from Comen VFX, Halon Entertainment, Legacy Effects, Lola Visual Effects, Method Studios, Modus Fx, Pixel Magic, Soho VFX, Spin VFX, Tippett Studio and Wildfire Visual Effects, the first-half of the franchise finale has a cume of $259.5 million.

Disney's THE MUPPETS earned an additional $7.07 million in fourth place. With vfx from Legacy Effects and Shade VFX, the Jason Segel comedy has brought in $65.8 million thus far.

Sony and Aardman's ARTHUR CHRISTMAS slipped a slot to fifth, bagging another $6.6 million. The animated laugher has a cume of $33.5 million.

Paramount's HUGO tumbled from third to sixth, taking in $6.13 million. With vfx from Plowman Craven & Associates, Lola Visual Effects, Mark Roberts Motion Control, Matte World Digital, Nvizage, Pixomondo and With A Twist Studio, the Martin Scorsese 3-D family film has box office receipts totaling $33.5 million.

Fox Searchlight's THE DESCENDANTS held strong in seventh, bringing in an additional $4.84 million. The Oscar hopeful has a cume of $23.6 million.

Warner Bros.' HAPPY FEET TWO fell from fifth to eighth with a take of $3.75 million. The Dr. D Studios production has earned $56.9 million in its four weeks in theaters.

Sony's JACK AND JILL placed ninth with $3.2 million. With vfx from Atomic Fiction, Method Studios, Pixel Liberation Front and Wildfire Visual Effects, the Adam Sandler comedy has a cume of $68.6 million.

Relativity's IMMORTALS rounded out the top ten with $2.44 million. With vfx from ReThink VFX, ScanlineVFX, 3DRevolution, BarXseven, Christov Effects and Design, Comen VFX, Image Engine Design, Modus Fx, NeoReel, Proof, Rodeo FX, The Third Floor, Tippett Studio and XYZ-RGB, the Greek mythical epic has brought in $79.9 million to date.

Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.

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