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Monday November 23, 2009 8:14 pm

Box Office Breakdown: A Bloody Good Debut for New Moon

New Moon

After months of endless promotion, finally opened this weekend to monster-sized numbers. But how exactly did the film compare to the other theatrical giants?

  1. Despite earning over $142 million since midnight Thursday, the adaptation’s debut still falls behind The Dark Knight ($158.4) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million).
  2. The sequel did, though, beat Knight for the best first day open ($72.7 compared to $67.2 million).
  3. It had the largest midnight opening ($26.3 million) to date. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $22.2 million.)
  4. Moon also topped Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s 2005 November debut ($102.7 million).

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Meanwhile, another Top Ten entry managed to break a record of its own. , starring Sandra Bullock, scored a touchdown with a $34.1 million kickoff. The film, which would have likely placed first on any other weekend, had the highest open ever for a sports-related drama.

  1. New Moon, Summit Entertainment, $142,839,137 (avg. $35,497)
  2. The Blind Side, Warner Bros., $34,119,372 (avg. $10,971)
  3. 2012, Sony, $26,410,206 (avg. $7749)
  4. Planet 51, Sony, $12,286,129 (avg. $4048)
  5. Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Disney, $12,275,024 (avg. $3431)
  6. Precious, Lionsgate, $10,881,772 (avg. $17,300)
  7. The Men Who Stare at Goats, Overture Films, $2,829,031 (avg. $1376)
  8. Couples Retreat, Universal, $1,943,075 (avg. $1135)
  9. The Fourth Kind, Universal, $1,747,085 (avg. $1060)
  10. Michael Jackson’s This Is It, Sony, $1,617,417 (avg. $986)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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