And, we enter December with Twilight in the lead for its third weekend in a row—although we hardly need a whole article to explain that to you. Love it or hate it, the creators knew what they were selling and it’s become a given that the series will always take the box office.

So did its competition. With no nationwide new releases this weekend, refusing to go head-to-head with the sparkly vamps and shirtless teens, the fourth installment in the franchise was free to overtake The Muppets, which tried its very hardest to reassure audiences it was actually worth paying hard-earned recession money to see. Luckily, innocent children are…naïve. And good salesman to their parents.

The children-only film has since evolved into literally General Audience films in animation, but The Muppets is clearly a parent’s headache waiting to happen. I hear Amy Adams had to be dragged into the film. I’m sure she didn’t want her futureLois Lane image to be tainted. Still, there’s no denying that the film is making money—whether you like it or not.

Hugo did well to expand its release. I don’t believe Scorsese needs to make money, but I’m sure the studios want it anyways. So, it’ll be hitting more theatres, and as an avid Scorsese fan (as many are, I’m sure), I can’t say I’m not pleased. The general impression is that the film is the director’s personal homage to Film itself, but no aesthetic move today can compete with pop culture. It’s lucky to have lifted in the box office.

Happy Feet 2 was bound to sink beneath its competition. What with an entire ten minute song about a non-penguin, in which villainous humans are described that try to help on later in the film but prove useless anyways—therefore rendering the entire song equally as useless a piece of information—the film hardly does more than retread on already underwhelming rhythms formed from the original. Younger audiences had too much to choose from with the Thanksgiving choices to be bothered with this sequel.

Coming up next week is New Year’s Eve, and judging from its trailer, is bound to be a great deal more lackluster than the holiday it’ll be involving. It’s a sequel the way Evil Dead II is a sequel, what with having entirely different characters but the same situation/formula.

However, although Valentine’s Day suffered a great deal from star-surplus, it still made a ridiculous amount of money. So, its sequel is really a hit-or-miss bound to either finally remove Twilight from the top or take second. I don’t think it’ll bomb, however discouraging the original film was.

David Green will have some trouble standing back up from Your Highness, which failed miserably even with America’s sweetheart (at the time) Natalie Portman involved. He’ll keep having to sell his Pineapple Express fame if he wants The Sitter to go anywhere. Trailers for R-rated comedies can never show their full potential though, so perhaps there’s something more to the Jonah Hill-driven project than currently assaults the eye.

Let The Right One In was so successful it spawned an equally entertaining and successful American remake. The original’s director now has the opportunity to work with talented character-actor Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy of The Dark Knight Rises fame. However, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has such a bizarre name and such little marketing, it unfortunately isn’t likely to do all that well.