Box office results: ‘New Year’s Eve’ leads, weekend disappoints

#1 … but not by much.

It looks like we have some sad news when it comes to the American box office — despite names ranging from Ashton Kutcher and Zac Efron to Lea Mihchele and Katherine Heigl, “New Year’s Eve” may be one of the biggest opening-week disappointments of 2011.

The ensemble film brought in just $13.5 million for the three-day frame, as it proved to be rather unimpressive on Saturday and Sunday. Expectations were for the film to open in the $20 million range, which was even in itself less than a third of what “Valentine’s Day” grossed in an $70-million-plus four-day frame when it opened in early 2010.

The good news for this film is that it does still have much of the holiday season to go, and there will not be much competition when it comes to romantic comedies.

Here are some other highlights from the weekend:

-“The Sitter” actually matched expectations with a $10 million opening, but it still needs to work to catch its $25 million budget.

-“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” finally dropped from the top spot, grossing just under $8 million.

-“The Descendants” continued to do some strong business, and was actually the only film this week to actually increase its total versus the fame before.

What did you see this weekend, if anything?

Photo: Warner Bros.

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