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: