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Box Office Breakdown: Touchdown for Blind Side

The Blind Side

The third time was a charm for Sandra Bullock.

After two weeks of second place finishes, emerged from New Moon‘s shadow to take sole possession of first place. The movie, which added another $20 million to its $100+ million total, has now given Bullock her second chart topper of the year. (And, no—All About Steve is not the other film I was referring to.)

Despite several new wide release entries, the football players and the vampires strongly defended their hold on the top two spots. - starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman - came in third place with only a $9.5 million take. Meanwhile, Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore did a less than fine $3.8 million.

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Getting Into Character: Kristen Stewart Strips Down

Kristen Stewart in Welcome to the Rileys

While her

boyfriend

co-star Robert Pattinson is starring in another star-crossed love story called Remember Me, Kristen Stewart is stripping down opposite James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys.

While the paparazzi managed to snap up some pictures of her on set a few months ago, images of a considerably less-clothed KStew have been released (more after the jump). Stewart plays the role of Mallory, a 16 year-old stripper who gets caught in the middle of one man’s (Gandolfini) personal journey to recovering from the death of his daughter.

The independent drama is scheduled to debut at the Sundance Film Festival this January. No word yet as to a theatrical release date.

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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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Blind Side Eclipses New Moon on Thanksgiving

Bella and Edward in New Moon

Despite predicted dominance at the box office this Thanksgiving weekend, Twi-hards seemed to be too busy stuffing their faces with food to keep up with movie-goers set to see Sandra Bullock‘s football drama The Blind Side.

Raking in $9.5 million, The Blind Side rushed ahead (barely) of New Moon, which received $9.2 million—raising its cumulative total to $188.4 million.

Will this keep up the rest of the holiday weekend? While I certainly do not possess Alice Cullen’s psychic abilities, I’ve surmised ten reasons as to why the latest installment of The Twilight Saga could be losing its box office grip.

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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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Quote of the Day: Chris Weitz on Kissing Scenes

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in New Moon

“It’s not like when they’re about to kiss, I’m leaning in and saying, just off camera, ‘Tender, tender!’ or anything like that. I just let them do their thing. I think it would be creepy and inappropriate for me to advise them how to kiss one another or what it’s like to be young in love. I’m 40 years old. I’m not going to Polanski out on them.”

- New Moon director Chris Weitz on directing on-screen (also, perhaps, off-screen?) lovers Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 25, 2009

DescriptionHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adventureland: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Son: DVD
  • Children of the Corn: Blu-ray
  • Duplicity: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fighting: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Goodbye Solo: DVD
  • The Informers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Days of Disco: DVD
  • Rudo y Cursi: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sunshine Cleaning: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Trouble the Water: DVD

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Kristen Stewart Set to Play Prostitute in New Film

Kristen Stewart on set of Welcome to the RileysKristen Stewart will be baring it all in her upcoming independent drama, Welcome to the Rileys.

A far cry from the innocent Bella Swan, the chaste Twilight character who made her famous, Stewart will be playing opposite James Gandolfini as a young lap dancer and prostitute.

“It’s an independent movie that nobody would normally see and now it’s like, ‘Oh, let’s go see Bella in this stripper movie; it’ll be crazy!’” said the 19-year-old actress.

Of Gandolfini, Stewart lauds the experience she gained from working on the film:

“Working with James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo, who is just incredible, was the most fruitful life-changing experience on a movie that I’ve ever had. It was just the hardest subject matter I’ve ever had to deal with — I play a very broken young girl who is a runaway. She’s a street kid. She’s working in a strip club and James Gandolfini’s character is just as dead inside as she is — and they wake each other up.”

No official release dates have been announced for the film.

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Getting Into Character: Kristen Stewart Rocks It Out as Joan Jett

Kristen Stewart as Joan JettKristen Stewart as Joan Jett

And you thought Robert Pattinson’s hair was shaggy.

For her next film, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart will be steering away from vampire fantasy for a little rock ‘n roll reality. In , the 19-year-old will channel Joan Jett, a former member of the ‘70s band of the same name. Stewart’s New Moon co-star, Dakota Fanning, will join her as Cherie Currie, the female group’s lead singer.

No release date has yet been announced for the biopic.

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