'Moon' begins long weekend atop boxoffice

$14.3 million haul brings its total to $179 million

Summit Entertainment’s vampires-and-werewolves phenom “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” shrugged off three new wide releases to top the daily boxoffice rankings on Wednesday with $14.3 million in domestic boxoffice.

That brought cumulative boxoffice for “New Moon” to $179 million through just six days in release. The romantic action sequel showed no signs of losing steam heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, with the subsequent boxoffice weekend bolstered by many students and workers getting the day off on Black Friday.

Warner Bros.’ Sandra Bullock starrer “The Blind Side” also topped the new pics with $7.9 million from its sixth day in release for a $50.6 million cume. That would suggest the college-football drama is a lock for the silver medal position over the coming weekend.

Sony’s scifi actioner “2012” was third, with $3.6 million in daily coin, hoisting pic cume to $116.9 million.

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Warners martial-arts actioner “Ninja Warriors” was the best of the Wednesday debutantes, with $3.3 million. The performance was good for fourth place in the daily rankings.

Disney’s family comedy “Old Dogs” fetched $3.1 million in fifth place. But the PG-rated pic -- starring John Travolta, Robin Williams, Seth Green and Kelly Preston – should gather steam once matinee grosses kick in during the holiday-stretched session.

Wes Anderson’s animated feature “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” – which Fox took wide Wednesday after a couple weeks of bicoastal exclus – ranked eighth among the daily grossers with $1.1 million from 2,027 playdates.
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