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Box Office Breakdown: New Moon Covers Its Blind Side

New Moon

What looked like a possible upset early in the game ended in another win for . Although the film pulled in another $42.9 million over the holiday weekend, the Twilight sequel dropped approximately 70% from its first frame and escaped second place by a mere $2.8 million.

The vampires were given a run for their box office dollars by The Blind Side, the sports drama starring Sandra Bullock. Unlike Moon, the heartwarming film actually saw improvement in its second week. The entry also managed to hold off the Chris Weitz-helmed project on Thanksgiving Day.

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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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In Theaters This Weekend: November 20, 2009

The Blind Side

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Blind Side (PG-13): starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron (directed by John Lee Hancock)
  • New Moon (PG-13): starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner (directed by Chris Weitz)
  • Planet 51 (PG): starring Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel (directed by Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad)

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 13, 2009


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • 2012 (PG-13): starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor (directed by Roland Emmerich)
  • Pirate Radio (R): starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans (directed by Richard Curtis)
  • Dare* (R): starring Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashleigh Springer (directed by Adam Salky)
  • The End of Poverty?* (NR): starring Martin Sheen (directed by Philippe Diaz)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox* (PG): starring George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman, Meryl Streep (directed by Wes Anderson)

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Box Office Breakdown: Christmas Carol Wins, Precious Soars

Disney's A Christmas Carol

We’re still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but theatergoers already have Christmas on their minds.

, the umpteenth version of the Charles Dickens tale, brought the story back to life with a visual rendition. Robert Zemeckis’ latest holiday creation earned over $30 million, surpassing Polar Express’ open by $7 million. Although the Jim Carrey film didn’t come close to its reported $180 million budget, Carol still has weeks to go before Avatar takes over 3D screens.

Meanwhile, a film with no bells or whistles made an impact just outside the Top 10. , Sundance’s Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize winner, broke a record while in limited release. The 12th place entry averaged a whopping $104,025 this weekend over only 18 theaters. That’s the largest per screen average for any film opening in more than 10 locations.

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Jason Schwartzman Eyed Up Clooney

Jason SchwartzmanMegan Fox won’t have to worry about Jason Schwartzman staring at her—he seems to have eyes for George Clooney.

The Rushmore actor said working with George Clooney on animated film Fantastic Mr Fox was a bizarre and amazing experience.

“Typically when you’re working with someone it’s not kosher to just kind of gaze at them because you’re usually on camera as well. But when we were sitting around a table with just a recorder, it was really nice for me to be able to look at George. I admit I might have actually been staring. Obviously, he’s a handsome gentleman, but what I found fascinating was just kind of watching him work. It was like having a front row seat in an acting class.”

Jason, 29, said director Wes Anderson got the cast to spend lots of time together, so he could capture audio of them interacting: “He also took us to this farm on a field trip where we ran around and played in the dirt and did all sorts of crazy things. I was like, ‘I can’t believe my life has come to this moment where I’m on the ground digging with George Clooney.’ It was so bizarre and amazing.”

In Theaters This Weekend: November 6, 2009


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Box (PG-13): starring James Marsden, Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella (directed by Richard Kelly)
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG): starring Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Gary Oldman (directed by Robert Zemeckis)
  • The Fourth Kind (PG-13): starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton (directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (R): starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges (directed by Grant Heslov)

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Ewan McGregor’s Bond with a Goat

The Men Who Stare at Goats had a magical connection with the goat who starred in his latest movie. The Scottish actor had to work alongside the animal in upcoming film The Men Who Stare Goats and admits they became very close.

“There was a scene when George [Clooney] and I are lost, and we are sleeping in the desert. I am supposed to be awakened when a goat with a little bell walks by. I follow the goat and it leads us to water. It saves our lives. We did the first take and the goat just ran through,” Ewan said. “But in the second take, the goat looked at me and it stopped perfectly in the frame. It stood there looking at me for almost 30 seconds. I looked at the goat and the goat looked at me, then it was almost as if he nodded and just carried on. It was absolutely perfect.”

Ewan is not the only star of the movie to have praised the goat. George recently joked he wanted the Velvet Goldmine star to take acting lessons from the goat because it was more talented. “I’m now working with goats, we spent a lot of time together. The goat I had to stare out was a great actor - if you told him to do something he would. Now if I only I had got Ewan to take lessons from him we’d be onto a winner!” he quipped. “But although they were good, I don’t think I want to be working with animals again in the near future!”

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Quote of the Day: George Clooney on Seeing Himself Get Old

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Up in the Air

“I’m old. I’m kind of comfortable with getting older because it’s better than the other option, which is being dead. So I’ll take getting older. It’s an interesting thing to be able to watch yourself grow older on screen. I was watching and I thought, ‘Jesus, who’s the old, grey-haired guy?’ And it was me. I never wear make-up for movies and now it’s starting to show.”

-, 48, joking about increasing age.

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Animated Wes Anderson Film to Open AFI Fest

Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox to open AFI Fest

The Royal Tenenbaums writer-director Wes Anderson is already garnering positive attention for his first stop-motion animated film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, as it has been picked to open the American Film Institute’s Film Festival.

It was at this same gala last year that Juno was chosen as the centerpiece film, impressing critics and prompting movie buzz.

The film stars the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and many more familiar vocals (check out the trailer after the jump).

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