112309: Weekend Box Office

112309: Weekend Box Office

A New Moon Rising On Box Office


The Twilight Saga: New Moon totally out-shone the competition at the box office over the weekend. Along the way it also broke some records too. The Twilight sequel earned an estimated $140.7 million from Friday through Sunday. That’s the third highest opening total of all time, behind the $158.4 million each by The Dark Knight and the $151.1 million raised in 2007 by Spider-Man 3 during their opening weekends.

On Friday New Moon broke The Dark Knight’s record for the highest-grossing opening day earning $72.7 million. It also set a new mark for midnight screenings with $26.3 million by early Friday, surpassing the $22.2 million made by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earlier this year.

But wait…there’s more when it comes to Twilight dollars!

Big Bucks For Twilight: New Moon Continue

The Twilight Saga: New Moon has already earned more than twice what the first film in the series collected in its debut weekend around the same time last year. The original Twilight movie raked in $69.6 million. Overall, New Moon has made $258.8 million worldwide. The third move in the vampire franchise, Eclipse is set to premiere in the U.S. on June 30, 2010.

In light of the big bucks New Moon pulled in, the rest of the box office includes what we could call…Also playing this weekend!

The inspirational football drama The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock and country music star Tim McGraw had a good opening weekend, despite the fact that Twilight dominated and cleaned up. The Blind Side came in second on the box office list with last weeks box office champ, 2012, slipping to third place. The weekend’s other new release, the animated flick Planet 51 debuted in the number four spot.

Top 10 Box Office With Estimated Totals

  1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $140.7 million
  2. The Blind Side – $34.5 million
  3. 2012 – $26.5 million
  4. Planet 51 – $12.6 million
  5. Disney’s A Christmas Carol – $12.2 million
  6. Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire – $11 million
  7. The Men Who Stare At Goats – $2.8 million
  8. Couples Retreat – $2 million
  9. The Fourth Kind – $1.7 million
  10. Law Abiding Citizen – $1.6 million

As a side-note…

It’s worth pointing out that Sony obviously played their cards right with their Michael Jackson movie decision. Originally slated for just a two week run, Sony decided to extend the run of This Is It through Thanksgiving. But, it didn’t even show up on the Box Office top 10 this week. Apparently, even though Jackson was a big winner at the MTV Award show on Sunday, November 23, 2009, the concert-practice-footage has lost it’s glitter with movie-goers.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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