BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Takes Home $230 Million

Teen-vampires and Sandra Bullock's football film continue scoring well with audiences retaining their respective positions on the chart for a second week.
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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Takes Home $230 Million

Weekend Box Office

The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $42.5 million

The Blind Side - $40 million

2012 - $18 million

Old Dogs - $16.8 million

Disney's a Christmas Carol - $16 million

Ninja Assassin - $13 million

Planet 51 - $10 million

Precious - $7 million

The Fantastic Mr. Fox - $7 million

The Men Who Stare at Goats - $1.5 million

Not much changed over the Thanksgiving Day holiday as last week's number one and two films retained their positions, respectively, in the Box Office. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the sequel to the unbelievably successful 2008 teen-vampire film Twilight based on the books by Stephanie Meyer, retained it's number one spot but dropped 70% earning only $42 million, a far cry from it's $140 million opening the previous week. The pop-culture phenomenon, which cost only a purported $50 million, has now earned an amazing $230 million in just two weeks of release. However while the Sandra Bullock football film, The Blind Side based on the true story of NFL Offensive Lineman Michael Oher, was number two for a second week, it went up nearly 18% and earned an impressive $40 million, $5 million more than last week and $2.5 million shy of number one. The film, which cost a modest $29 million, to make has now earned an impressive $100 million in only it's second week in the box office.

The Roland Emerich directed disaster flick 2012, continues to destroy at the box office by holding strong at number three in its third week on the chart. The movie made an additional $18 million this weekend but slipped 31% from the previous week bringing it's total to only around $138, which is still considerably short of it's purported $200 million budget. The John Travolta/Robin Williams comedy Old Dogs came in forth on the list earning $16 million over the weekend. The film, which opened on Wednesday before the holiday has made a total of $24 million in it's first week and is well on it's way to earning back it's $35 million budget. And rounding out the top five, for the second week in a row was the Jim Carrey as Scrooge holiday film, Disney's a Christmas Carol, which made an additional $16 million, a rise in over 30% from last week for a total of $105.3 million in its forth week of release.

Not faring as well in the box office this week was the Joel Silver and Wachowski Brothers produced ninja action film, Ninja Assassin starring Korean pop singer Rain, which came in number six with only $13.1 million in it's first week. Despite excellent reviews the post-apocalyptic, father and son film The Road starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron also had a disappointing opening with only $1.5 million just shy of cracking the top ten. On the other hand, The Princess and the Frog, which is Disney's first hand-drawn animated musical in several years featuring the music of Randy Newman was released on Wednesday in only two theaters and has already made $1.14 million in it's first week of release. Me and Orson Welles starring teen-sensation Zac Efron also did well as it was only released in four theaters and made $16,200 per theater for a total of $64,800 for the weekend and $86,600 for the week.

Next weekend will see the holiday film season heat up with four highly anticipated releases. First, the Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne led heist film Armored. Also opening next week is the phycological thriller Brothers starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal as his brother who gets a little too friendly with wife, Natalie Portman, while he is off at war. Oscar season also heats up next week with Up In The Air from Juno director Jason Reitman starring George Clooney. Finally, just in time for the holidays is Everybody's Fine starring Robert De Niro as a father trying to reconnect with his grown children played by Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. Check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon was released November 20th, 2009.

The Blind Side was released November 20th, 2009.

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  • hoosierhero • 6 years ago

    The Road is just like The Boondock Saints II. They're testing the waters to see how it does, but no doubt it'll get a wide release. It's already getting solid reviews.

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    • thebd • 6 years ago

      I'm excited for The Road, that movie looks sweet. Viggo only makes awesome movies, everything since LOTR has just been awesome.

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      • ed-wood • 6 years ago

        I think The Road will do a lot better when it gets a wide release.

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        • cripple • 6 years ago

          If they would have released The Road in wider release it would have done much better. Lot's of people, including me, want to see it, but can't because it is in super-limited release.

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          • narrator • 6 years ago

            Well that sucks for the Road. It is truly a great film or so I've heard, and the book was awesome. People are to concerned with lesser material, but then again the box office (movies) is(are) made for "escape". I just figure why not do it with something you can carry with you. *sigh*

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            • jonspidey07 • 6 years ago

              it was upsetting

              I didnt get to see New Moon until 7 days later

              I figured the ticket sales would calm down after 2 weeks ago, still I managed to get in on Black Friday

              didnt have time to buy my X-Mas gifts though, drat

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              • avian005 • 6 years ago

                That's strange, I thought Newkill left because he couldn't admit he was wrong. If he comes back, just ignore him until he tries to engage in an intelligent conversation.

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                • fanboy • 6 years ago

                  i guess NewKill because he wont admit hes wrong

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                  • avian005 • 6 years ago

                    fanboy, who are you arguing with?

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                    • fanboy • 6 years ago

                      how so NewKill? becaus eyou have been proven wrong more than once

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                      • avian005 • 6 years ago

                        Oh yeah! David Slade is directing! He did 30 Days of Night.

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                        • newkill200 • 6 years ago

                          Fanboy, has just been OWNED.

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                          • avian005 • 6 years ago

                            Well, there's a different director for Eclipse (again), but I don't know for the fourth.

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                            • fanboy • 6 years ago

                              i agree with you Avian, but i doubt it will happen

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                              • avian005 • 6 years ago

                                I trully hope Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are good. I much rather enjoy a movie than blindly hate it.

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                                • fanboy • 6 years ago

                                  You running away now since your wrong?

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                                  • fanboy • 6 years ago

                                    Good Night? Im just getting started

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                                    • avian005 • 6 years ago

                                      Well, I think I'm done here. I won.

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                                      • newkill200 • 6 years ago

                                        Like I said. You're OWNED. I'm sorry. but maybe next time kiddo.

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                                        • avian005 • 6 years ago

                                          Show me where I was owned. Prove to me Star Trek does not fall into science fiction. Star Trek is set in the future, it's an alternate reality to our own (and to it's own story), it has aliens, has advanced ficitional technology, and is completely fictional. That all fits into the Sci-Fi genre.

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