I’ve added the same image twice to emphasize the redundancy of the series.

As expected, the beginning of the end of Twilight has taken the top of the box office this weekend. A bittersweet end for greedy studios and fairy-tale drunk preteen girls. I hope a member of the cult doesn’t put a curse on me for my blasphemy, make me sparkle.

Happy Feet 2 also did considerably well, and in fact has a number of familiar names on the cast—and I don’t doubt we’ll be seeing a third Happy Feet. And that too, will make the profits it was designed to. However, I can’t imagine it’d do any better than the originals did substance-wise. Kids fortunately have the privilege of naivety.  

Naturally, next weekend bears absolutely no films releasing. Studios are trying to grab up revenue before the Family Holiday. On the other hand, it’s going to be an incredibly eventful Wednesday. Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be releasing an animated picture sure in every way to wipe Happy Feet 2 off its heels, and take the box office from Twilight. The series simply doesn’t have any staying power these days.

I’m sure a great many fans are eager to see Scorsese embrace 3D, and although some may not appreciate it all that much, I think it’s quite clear Scorsese doesn’t need a gimmick to sell his films. This will likely be an aesthetic approach—the forbidden method ofHollywoodwhich goes against all business logic. The nerve of that man.

His competition will be fellow animated feature with considerably less promise Arthur’s Christmas, released just in time for the Thanksgiving spirit. Hmm. Well that doesn’t make sense. Maybe their good ideas got Flushed Away. Speaking of, that film would have bombed if not for overseas sales, and at that hardly made a profit considering how closely over the production budget they managed.

Five years later, can the same animation company restore hope in their potential? I don’t personally think so. It’s one thing to see merchandise for the nextHolidaywhile you’re in the middle of one—but this release date just doesn’t make sense. It’ll lose with its competition. So will The Muppets, which will flop. Amy Adams had to be dragged into the film so as not to spoil her Lois Lane image. Too late.

The rest is cinema for the elderly (or film buffs), ironically enough. An entire movie about Marilyn Monroe will likely not draw in the big numbers, but will fascinate TCM fans. It shouldn’t do so well in the box office, not even hit the top five. Metacritic hasn’t given My Week With Marilyn a warm welcome, with its 58 average score. Anyone who went to school knows that’s an F.

Then there’s Jack-of-all-trades David Cronenberg, who directed lots of TV until 1977’s Rabid. Famous for The Fly, the man clearly has a knack for Thriller, but actually has a purist understanding of the genre. A Dangerous Method may not draw in numbers either, but is likely visceral the way he means it to be. This has a chance to take third or fourth.

And then there’s the silent movie, The Artist. I have absolutely no idea how audiences will respond to this. To film lovers, it’s a success, but to your casual movie-goer, this isn’t exactly the movie to watch before theHoliday.

Clearly a correctly executed artistic statement from a thoughtful director, the film could go either way. It can’t be predicted, because we haven’t had a new silent film in a long time. I’m not so sure people would pay money to see a film with no dialogue.

Anyhow– Happy Thanksgiving, readers!