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Weekend Wrap-Up

Blind Side Finally Takes Top Spot

By John Hamann

December 6, 2009

She *really* thinks Nick Saban is attractive now.

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Seventh goes to 2012, as the apocalyptic actioner gets hammered in its fourth frame. 2012 took in another $6.6 million from 3,220 venues. It dropped a large 63% compared to the Thanksgiving frame. While it no longer looks like 2012 will reach $200 million on the domestic front, it has outperformed internationally, as it is already approaching $500 million from the foreign box office. It has a domestic total of $148.8 million, against its $200 million budget.

Thanksgiving opener Ninja Assassin finds itself in eighth this weekend, after finishing sixth last weekend. This Ninja couldn't escape the post-Thanksgiving curse, as it drops from $13.3 million last weekend to $5 million this weekend. That score gives Ninja Assassin a drop of 62%, and pushes the $40 million film that much closer toward the Wal-Mart $2.99 bin. The Warner Bros. flick has a running total of $29.8 million.

Planet 51 (and sadly not Fantastic Mr. Fox) finishes ninth. The Sony film earned $4.3 million and dropped 58%. This $70 million flop has now earned $34 million.




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Everybody's Fine finishes an ugly tenth, as Robert DeNiro failed to draw a Meet the Parents sized audience. The dramedy earned a not good $4 million from 2,133 venues, and had a venue average of $1,888. Considering this one had a cast that included DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, and is a Christmas movie, this should have done better. I blame an insipid marketing campaign that didn't support it, as well as the not so great reviews (45% fresh at RottenTomatoes).

Overall this weekend, the post-Thanksgiving box office weekend enjoys a much healthier frame than last year. In 2008, the top 12 was led again by Four Christmases, as openers Punisher: War Zone and Cadillac Records finished well back of the pack. Last year, the top 12 grossed $76.7 million, where this year the top 12 took in $92 million, mostly on the back of The Blind Side.


Top Weekend Box Office for 12/4/09-12/6/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Blind Side Twentieth Century Fox $20,440,000 $20,043,181 - 50.0% $128,867,559
2 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $15,704,000 $15,427,628 - 64.0% $255,363,052
3 Brothers IFC Films $9,700,000 $9,527,848 New $9,527,848
4 Disney's A Christmas Carol Walt Disney Pictures $7,520,000 $7,763,244 - 50.7% $115,249,331
5 Old Dogs Walt Disney Pictures $6,901,000 $6,892,265 - 59.2% $33,924,385
6 2012 Paramount $6,600,000 $6,771,665 - 61.6% $148,958,486
7 Armored Screen Gems (Sony) $6,600,000 $6,511,128 New $6,511,128
8 Ninja Assassin Warner Bros. Pictures $5,030,000 $5,061,499 - 62.0% $29,821,996
9 Planet 51 Sony/Columbia $4,300,000 $4,386,873 - 57.1% $34,052,876
10 Everybody's Fine Miramax Films $4,027,000 $3,852,068 New $3,852,068
11 Fantastic Mr. Fox 20th Century Fox $2,885,000 $2,918,331 - 58.1% $14,084,495
12 Precious Lionsgate $2,310,000 $2,282,077 - 67.8% $36,252,012
  Also Opening/Notables
  Up in the Air Paramount $1,185,000 $1,181,450 New $1,181,450
  Serious Moonlight N/A $11,636 New $11,636
  Until the Light Takes Us Variance N/A $7,246 New $17,356
  The Strip Truly Indie N/A $5,107 New $5,107
  The Road The Weinstein Company $759,774 $749,535 - 50.1% $3,194,349
  The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney Pictures $744,000 $747,710 - 4.9% $2,410,810
  Me and Orson Welles $40,745 $39,587 - 37.8% $149,051
  Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Apparation $884,489 $922,623 New $6,994,980
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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