The Blind Side Tops New Moon

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

In their third weekend facing each other, Warner Bros.’ The Blind Side took over the top spot from Summit’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the former earning an estimated $20.4 million for a total of $129.3 million. The Sandra Bullock-starrer, made for just $29 million, dropped 49% in ticket sales from Thanksgiving weekend.

“New Moon” added $15.7 million, a drop of 63.4%, to take its three-week domestic total to $255.6 million. Internationally, the Twilight sequel earned another $40.7 million for a foreign sum of $314.5 million and impressive worldwide total of $570.1 million.

Out of the newcomers, Lionsgate’s Brothers fared best as it opened with $9.7 million from 2,088 theaters, an average of $4,646 per location. Directed by Jim Sheridan, the drama stars Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.

Climbing a spot to fourth was Disney’s A Christmas Carol, which collected $7.5 million its fifth weekend for a total of $115 million so far. The Robert Zemeckis adaptation cost $200 million to make.

Disney comedy Old Dogs rounded out the top five with $6.9 million for a total of $33.9 million. The movie carried a budget of $35 million.

2012 and new action-thriller Armored both earned an estimated $6.6 million. The former was released by Columbia Pictures and latter by Screen Gems, both companies owned by Sony. The $200 million Roland Emmerich disaster pic is at $148.8 million after four weeks.

Warner Bros.’ Ninja Assassin lost 62.2% in sales from its opening weekend, making $5 million for a total of $29.8 million. The action film cost $40 million to produce.

Moviegoers didn’t show much interest for Miramax release Everybody’s Fine, starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. The film debuted with just $4 million from 2,133 locations, an average of $1,888.

The other two newcomers opened in completely opposite ways. Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, with George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, earned an impressive $1.16 million from just 15 theaters, a strong average of $77,333 per site. On the other hand, comedy Transylmania opened to just $252,000 from 1,007 theaters, which is the third-worst ever for a wide release.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.