'New Moon' Shatters Expectations

on November 22, 2009 by Phil Contrino

According to studio estimates, The Twilight Saga: New Moon has grossed $140.7 million domestically. The vampire flick now holds a handful of records: biggest midnight opening, biggest single day gross and highest November opening weekend. New Moon also passed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in order to boast the 3rd highest opening weekend of all time. Based on domestic exit data, 80% of the audiences was female. Internationally, the film has made $118.1 million from 25 markets.

The Blind Side performed very well in second place with an estimated haul of $34.5 million. Blind Side now represents star Sandra Bullock's strongest opening weekend by edging past The Proposal's $33.6 million. The Warner Bros. release should hold its audience very well during the holiday season.

According to Sony, 2012 was able to reach the $450 worldwide plateau this weekend. Meanwhile, Planet 51, the studio's new animated flick, opened with a somewhat underwhelming $12.6 million.

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire continues to do very well even though it's not playing on 1,000 screens yet. The Lionsgate release grabbed another $11 million this weekend. The bleak drama should be able to reach at least $55 million by the time it finishes its theatrical run.

Domestic box office receipts should equal a staggering $258 million this weekend, which falls just short of the $260 million haul during the weekend that The Dark Knight opened in July 2008. If actual numbers come in stronger then expected, then this weekend could easily beat The Dark Knight weekend. 2009's total domestic haul is now eight percent ahead of 2008's at the exact same point in the year.

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