Box Office: New Moon Still High, Bullock Blind Sides Ninja Assassin

Apparently Twilighters aren’t one-trick box office ponies after all. A week after making “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” the third best 3-day opening film of all time (behind only “The Dark Knight” and “Spider-Man 3”), the teens came back for a second straight week to keep “New Moon”, the second entry in the “Twilight” series at the number one spot. With a studio estimated $42.5 million in its second week of release, the teen fantasy about sparkling vampires, hunky werewolves, and lovestruck teenage girls has grossed over $230 million so far at the domestic box office, and $362 million worldwide. I think it’s safe to say that Bella and crew are here to stay.

Although it hung onto the #1 spot, “New Moon” just barely survived a blind side charge by Sandra Bullock’s “The Blind Side”. The Bullock sports movie, based on the true story of football player Michael Oher (now pushing guys over for the Baltimore Ravens), continued its surprising streak with a $40 million take in its second week of release, putting the film over the $100 million threshold. Besides the stunning two-week total, the film actually managed the rare feat of improving on its first week debut of $34.1. The film seems to have benefited from audiences split between the gory actioner “Ninja Assassin”, the teen-heavy “New Moon”, and the old fart comedy “Old Dogs”. Given those choices, “The Blind Side” was probably the only viable option.

The week saw three major studio releases, including James McTeigue’s bloody action movie “Ninja Assassin”, which opened in sixth place with $13 million — $21 million total since it debuted earlier in the Thanksgiving week. That’s a disappointing take, to be sure, but given the film’s hard R rating and its lack of star power, it’s not a major surprise.

John Hillcoat’s “The Road” also premiered in limited release, taking in $1.5 million from 111 screens, putting it just out of the Top 10 at #11.

“Old Dogs”, from the same people who brought you “Wild Hogs” (hey, it’s even the same sounding title!), opened in fourth place with $16.8 million. The comedy starring John Travolta and Robin Williams was made for a moderate $35 million, and will probably keep chugging along until it turns a profit, either in theaters or on DVD. For a studio, this type of movie is probably the safest bet you could make.

Box Office Top 10 (via):

.1 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $42,500,000 $230,674,000
.2 The Blind Side $40,125,000 $100,250,000
.3 2012 $18,000,000 $138,776,000
.4 Old Dogs $16,846,000 $24,085,000
.5 A Christmas Carol (2009) $16,003,000 $105,373,000
.6 Ninja Assassin $13,135,000 $21,010,000
.7 Planet 51 $10,200,000 $28,487,000
.8 Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire $7,090,000 $32,461,000
.9 The Fantastic Mr. Fox $7,020,000 $10,108,000
.10 The Men Who Stare at Goats $1,533,000 $30,552,000