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Breaking Dawn tops Thanksgiving box office

With America getting into the holiday spirit for yesterday’s festival of Thanksgiving, cinemagoers largely shrugged off a trio of new family films in favour of the latest instalment of the ongoing Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 .

Wednesday saw the arrival of three new family-friendly releases in the shape of Arthur Christmas , Happy Feet 2 and The Muppets , but all three were dwarfed by the ongoing success of Breaking Dawn which took an estimated $12.5m on Thanksgiving Eve.

The Muppets managed $6.6m in second spot, with Happy Feet 2 netting just under $3m. Arthur Christmas brought up the rear with just $2.4m.

Projections for the Thanksgiving weekend have Breaking Dawn raking in an overall sum of around $55m, a figure that would push its ten-day take to a staggering $215m. The Muppets is also expected to do brisk trade over the weekend, with takings of close to $45m forecast.

It might have reviewed terribly across the board, but in terms of bums on seats, Twilight is proving to be anything but a festive turkey. Can the family market rally as the weekend progresses? Over to you, Kermit…

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.