Box Office Results: ‘New Moon’ breaks records this weekend

Studio Estimates for Nov. 20-22:

1.  New Moon – $140.7 million
2.  The Blind Side – $34.5 million
3.  2012 – $26.5 million
4.  Planet 51 – $12.6 million
5.  A Christmas Carol – $12.3 million

So I’m sure you all heard abouto this little movie called New Moon that hit the theaters this weekend.  If you were unfortunate enough to be caught in the craze during Friday, then you have my sympathy.  Not only did New Moon break the record for midnight showings with $26.3 million, but it broke the record for opening day gross with $72.7 million!  Wow.  Just wow.

Even though the film dropped off on Saturday, New Moon still grossed $140.7 million, third biggest opening of all-time behind only The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3.  And to no surprise, Summit’s exit polling had 80 percent of the audience was female.

Onto the other success story of the weekend, The Blind Side came in second place with a whopping $34.5 million.  I’m still not sure how it made so much money.  I didn’t find the commercials too compelling, but maybe others did.  Or maybe it’s because it’s a football drama in the middle of football season?  Most likely, its strong word-of-mouth catapulted this movie into the “must-see” list for many movie-goers this weekend.

Meanwhile, 2012 made $26.5 million for third place.  The newly released animation Planet 51 snagged the fourth spot this weekend with $12.6, even though being blasted by critics with negative reviews.  And rounding out the Top 5 was A Christmas Carol with $12.2 million.

As for our predictions, Dan was the closest to predicting New Moon’s grand total.  I wasn’t too far behind, but Sheehan and Phil greatly underestimated the power of flocking females running and screaming for Team Edward and Team Jacob.  Also, none of us predicted the success for The Blind Side.  Needless to say, The Predictions Panel had a very poor outing this weekend.  We’ll try to do better next time.

The new releases for this Thanksgiving weekend come out on Wednesday and include:  Ninja Assassin, Old Dogs, and the wide expansion of The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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