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.

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 and stars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Michael Welch. The film is directed by Chris Weitz.

The Blind Side was released November 20th, 2009 and stars Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock.

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Comments (42)

  1. hoosierhero

    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.

    5 years agoby @hoosierheroFlag

  2. Brainiac

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

    5 years agoby @thebdFlag

  3. ed_wood

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

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  4. Cripple

    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.

    5 years agoby @crippleFlag

  5. the Narrator

    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*

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. JonSpidey07

    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

    5 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  7. Avian

    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.

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  8. fanboy

    i guess NewKill because he wont admit hes wrong

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  9. Avian

    fanboy, who are you arguing with?

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  10. fanboy

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

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  11. Avian

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

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  12. Newkill3000

    Fanboy, has just been OWNED.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  13. Avian

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

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  14. fanboy

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

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  15. Avian

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

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  16. fanboy

    You running away now since your wrong?

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  17. fanboy

    Good Night? Im just getting started

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  18. Avian

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

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  19. Newkill3000

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

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  20. Avian

    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.

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  21. GK

    lol Newkill

    5 years agoby @indianajonesFlag

  22. Newkill3000

    Avian, i'm only talking to fanboy, simply because you've already been OWNED. Good night.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  23. fanboy

    your welcome, lmao

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  24. Avian

    Newkill, you're getting desperate now. Face it, you're wrong.

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  25. Newkill3000

    Wow so i guess that means American Ninja is a sci fi movie because it shows stars in the sky. Jason X, yes, a great sci fi movie as well. Wow, thank you for clearing that up for me.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  26. fanboy

    Sci-Fi means, wait for it...... Science Fiction. Which Star Trek clearly falls into, because you got science ( space ships and stuff) and fiction ( not true stuff). SO it is Sci-Fi and a damn good one as that

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  27. Newkill3000

    Wow, just because you copied and pasted the definition of a sci fi genre film doesn't mean Star trek is one. Your wrong like always. Owned.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  28. Avian

    Then I win the argument because you clearly don't know very much about Sci-Fi, and Star Trek fits perfectly in with the definition.

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  29. Newkill3000

    Well, thank you for making my point because Star trek doesn't fall into any of those characteristics.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  30. Avian

    Why can't I make paragraphs? Get to fixin' Movieweb! And I want my pictures to download!

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

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