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"New Year's Eve" ends vampire love story's three-week lead

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09:57, December 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A romantic comedy starring the same ensemble cast from "Valentine's Day" has succeeded in dethroning "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1," the latest installment on the vampire and werewolves theme, from the No.1 place of North America box office, bringing its three-week lead to an end.

"New Year's Eve," a star-studded film which is directed by Garry Marshall, who helmed the last holiday-targeted romcom " Valentine's Day" which debuted in February 2010, is projected to take in 13.7 million U.S. dollars in ticket sales since it debuted in 3,505 locations in the United States and Canada on Friday.

Although the gross is far less than 20 million dollars in receipts the producer New Line Cinema and distributor Warner Bros. had expected it to earn, it turned out enough to nudge aside " Breaking Dawn," the penultimate film of the supernatural romance- fantasy series.

The star-heavy romance featured an ensemble cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Lea Michele, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel and Halle Berry, chronicling the lives of several individuals in New York City on New Year's Eve. The film has appealed to moviegoers, as it has earned a B- plus rating, according to CinemaScore.

The majority of the critics see the romance in a generally negative light, with review research firm Rotten Tomatoes giving it a mere 7 percent rating, based on 113 reviews. The verdict is that the film is "shallow, sappy, and dull," which "assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose."

The romance won over many female moviegoers who accounted for 70 percent of the overall audience.

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