"Twilight" film shines again with 3rd box office win

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 04, 2011 12:18 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The fourth movie in the popular "Twilight" vampire romance series topped domestic box-office charts for the third straight weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1" earned an estimated $16.9 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. In second place, Disney's revival of "The Muppets" generated $11.2 million. Family film "Hugo" finished the weekend in third place with $7.6 million.

Privately-held Summit Entertainment released "Breaking Dawn," and Walt Disney Co distributed "The Muppets." "Hugo" was released by Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc..

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Paul Simao)