Weekend Box Office - New Moon Gets Blindsided

By Scott Gwin 2009-12-06 13:09:39discussion comments
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Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, stars of The Blind Side have had to play second fiddle to the 90210 of the vampire world The Twilight Saga: New Moon, since both movies opened two weeks ago. But this week the moon has waned heavily, giving the based-on-a-true-story football flick it's moment at center field.

The Blind Side took in $20 million over the first weekend of December, pushing New Moon into second with only $15 million. Despite having been in theaters for two weeks already, both movies handily topped out the new competition.

Oscar-bait Brothers, which teams Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman, debuted at third place with $9 million, not bad for a rated-R flick that only has bitterness and dramatic tension, and shirtless Gyllenhaal to offer holiday audiences.

Limply marketed Armored bowed in at a depressing seventh place with only an estimated $6.5 million, but that's better than Robert DeNiro's attempt at a holiday comedy, Everybody's Fine, which only took in $4.0 million to sneak the bottom spot in the top ten.

Justin Reitman's Up In The Air stretched its legs in a limited 15 theater release, banking a solid $1.1 million. Meanwhile, the sleepy Transylmania banked only $252,000 despite bowing in on over 1,000 screens. I don't know about you, but it always gives me a warm feeling when a really bad movie makes really bad money.

Disney's A Christmas Carol has shown the kind of staying power the studio must have been banking on when the movie was released a month ago. Jumping from fifth place up to fourth place this weekend, it's earned $115 million to date in the US. Match that with the $90 million it's estimated to have taken in Internationally and the film has scratched its way over its bulky $200 million budget. If it can continue to hold fast over the holiday season, it may just turn out to be a Merry Christmas for the movie fater all.

For the full top ten box office results, check out the chart below:

1.
The Blind Side $20,440,000  -  Total: $129,264,000 LW: 2     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,326
2.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon $15,704,000  -  Total: $255,639,000 LW: 1     WR: 3    
THTRS: 4,124
3.
Brothers * $9,700,000  -  Total: $9,700,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,088
4.
A Christmas Carol (2009) $7,520,000  -  Total: $115,006,000 LW: 5     WR: 5    
THTRS: 2,546
5.
Old Dogs $6,901,000  -  Total: $33,934,000 LW: 4     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,425
7.
2012 $6,600,000  -  Total: $148,787,000 LW: 3     WR: 4    
THTRS: 3,220
6.
Armored * $6,600,000  -  Total: $6,600,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 1,915
8.
Ninja Assassin $5,030,000  -  Total: $29,790,000 LW: 6     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,503
9.
Planet 51 $4,300,000  -  Total: $33,966,000 LW: 7     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,904
10.
Everybody's Fine * $4,027,000  -  Total: $4,027,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,133

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