The Blind Side Eclipses New Moon, Finally


Well, it finally happened. The Blind Side finally knocked off The Twilight Saga: New Moon to win the weekend box office. Way to go, Sandra Bullock!

I am a little surprised because New Moon seemed to be holding up well during the week. But this weekend it took a big dive in ticket sales: it fell 63 percent to $15.7 million, while The Blind Side made $20.4 million. Sandra Bullock’s latest hit movie is now up to $129 million at the domestic box office, while New Moon is up to $255 million.

As for the new releases, they weren’t really contenders for first place: Brothers made $9.7 million and Armored made $6.6 million, and Everybody’s Fine made $4 million. A big story was the $1.1 million that George Clooney’s new movie Up in the Air made in limited release in 15 theaters. That is getting some major Oscar buzz, so keep an eye on that in the weeks to come.

This weekend’s nominee for biggest flop ever is Transylmania, which was in 1,007 theaters and finished in 21st place, making $252,000 stinking bucks. That is sad, folks.

The estimates are as follows:

  1. The Blind Side – $20,440,000
  2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $15,704,000
  3. Brothers – $9,700,000
  4. A Christmas Carol (2009) – $7,520,000
  5. Old Dogs – $6,901,000
  6. (tie) 2012 – $6,600,000
  7. (tie) Armored – $6,600,000
  8. Ninja Assassin – $5,030,000
  9. Planet 51 – $4,300,000
  10. Everybody’s Fine – $4,027,000

That does it for now — like I said, not exactly the wildest weekend at the box office, but that happens. We’ll be back later this week with a look at Invictus and The Princess and the Frog. See you then.

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