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NEW MOON out-sparkles and out-growls the competition to take a giant bite out of the box office

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 22nd, 2009

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Hi, there, readers! Have you been living under a rock? No? Good! That means I won't have to tell you anything you don't already know in our fun Sunday afternoon weekend box office wrap-up. Oh, wait, one thing you may not know as of yet. Team Jacob. What? You heard me. Team Jacob. Onward!

The big news on Friday morning was that NEW MOON had broken the previous midnight showing box office record. That reign over tickets and Twi-hards alike continued through the weekend, earning the film $140.7 million total. It's a huge figure, but it still was not enough to topple the top two box office openers of all-time, THE DARK KNIGHT and SPIDER-MAN 3. It is, however, the biggest box office opener of 2009, the biggest opening day earner of all-time ($72.7 million) and number three on that elusive all-time opening weekend box office list. Howl at the moon, my little wolvies and vamps like, and congrats.

The rest of the weekend box office didn't suffer completely at the hands of the Quileutes or the Cullens alike, as our number two, THE BLIND SIDE, earned $34.5 million. While it's no NEW MOON, it is the highest opening weekend for a Sandra Bullock-starrer, along with being the highest opening weekend for a sports drama (you guessed it, of all-time!).

The only other wide release on the docket, PLANET 51, opened at number 4 with $12.6 million. The little brothers and sisters of the Twi-hards had to go somewhere.

In other exciting box office news, limited release BROKEN EMBRACES stole the highest per theater average quite easily, showing in only two theaters, but still making $108,000. That's $54,000 per theater. That's a lot of cashola. One of my personal favorites of the year, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS finally opened in 27 theaters, pulling in $257,000. If you happen to live anywhere near one of those 27 theaters, go to there. Now. Iguanas and break-dancing glory await you.

And, in requisite PRECIOUS news, the film expanded to another 455 theaters, landing it in sixth place with just over $11 million.

The rest of the top ten is not nearly as interesting, but I have to ask, who is still seeing COUPLES RETREAT? Someone has to be, it's kicking it in eighth place. Save your money.

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