I stand corrected this weekend as Twilight unfortunately reminds us all how braindead audiences today are by sustaining its run at the top of the box office for a consecutive week. In fact, this weekend was considerably uneventful intellectually outside of that series.

The truth is, with the economy down, today’s viewers aren’t willing to pay money for anything that’s going to make them think or serve an aesthetic purpose towards cinema. We need escapism, and we fuel it every weekend—and we couldn’t really expect any less on a Holidayweekend. Thanksgiving is a family-oriented holiday, and for all those teen girls out there who can’t stand to be with their family, Twilight appears to be a decent alternative. Or maybe I’m a cynic.

The Muppets also performed much better than expected, because I didn’t imagine today’s generation was all that involved with their latest exploits. Also, what with actual actors involved, it was building up to be a great deal more like The Smurfs, which was personally embarrassing as a movie-goer. Maybe there is something compensating in the film after all. Either that, or tomorrow’s leaders have a dangerously low IQ.

And then Arthur Christmas was underestimated! Who could have expected that the creators of Flushed Away would ultimately redeem themselves, and on a conflicting holiday no less. It was most likely that the similar tone of family bonding fueled this film’s success, but it’s also likely the financial stability won’t last.

Neither will its competition Happy Feet 2, which actually overtook it in the box office. We must remember though—a film that makes money is not always a good film. The film at the top this weekend proves that.

And Hugo severely underperformed. What a disappointment, as the family movie was created by such a sure artist and devoted filmmaker and film historian. Perhaps it was the substandard performances, or the vibe which did not seem to actually cater to anyone but fellow cinephiles or the very young.

Either way, there is a future Star in Chloe Grace Moretz, and I can’t imagine otherwise from aforementioned reasons why a family film by such a talented filmmaker would flop. Oh well. Maybe family isn’t his thing? After all, his greatest ideas include Joe Pesci-murders and gangster violence. I think his invite into the cinema-world was best established in The Aviator, with Howard Hughes’ fierce determination to film Hell’s Angels.

But after that many mistakes, I was still quite sure and indeed correct on My Week With Marilyn. No one will pay the price of today’s theatres to see a drama film with a little-known cast and no escapism value. And so, the unpredictable Wednesday releases have all fallen to Twilight.