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Moviegoers gorged themselves on Thanksgiving leftovers in a record weekend boxoffice feast.
Summit Entertainment’s vampires-and-werewolves phenom “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” repeated atop the domestic boxoffice, with its $42.5 million weekend tally producing a remarkable $230.7 million in cumulative boxoffice through just its first 10 days in theaters. Facing down three pics unspooled midweek ahead of the Thursday holiday, “New Moon” rung up $66 million over the competitive five-day span despite a big weekend-over-weekend decline of 70%.
The Warner Bros.-distributed Sandra Bullock starrer “The Blind Side” — a college-football drama produced by Alcon Entertainment — had a smashing second weekend, posting an incredible 18% uptick from its first weekend to register $40.1 million in second place and a $100.3 million cume. “Blind Side” even blindsided “New Moon” for the top daily gross on Turkey Day.
The new pics opened further down the weekend rankings.
Disney’s family comedy “Old Dogs” — starring John Travolta, Robin Williams, Seth Green and Kelly Preston — dug up $16.8 million in fourth place and $24.1 million since its Wednesday bow. Warners’ martial-arts actioner “Ninja Assassin” captured $13.1 million in sixth place, with a five-day cume of $21 million.
Fox expanded Wes Anderson’s animated feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox” into wide release after two weeks of exclusives engagements in L.A. and New York and snared $7 million in ninth place, with a $10.1 million cume.
Collectively, the weekend’s top 10 finishers rung up $172.5 million, or 13% more than top performings during last year’s post-Thanksgiving frame, according to Nielsen EDI. That formed the basis for a biggest-ever industry haul for the three-day frame.
Elsewhere, the Weinstein Co. debuted R-rated Viggo Mortensen starrer “The Road” in 111 theaters and grossed $1.5 million, or an encouraging $13,720 per venue, with a $2 million cume since unspooling Wednesday. Co-starring young Kodi Smit-McPhee with Australian John Hillicoat directing, “Road” is an adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel.
“We think this is a great start for the movie,” Weinstein co-chairman Bob Weinstein said. “Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re incredibly pleased that our grosses exceeded industry expectations and, just as importantly, that the audiences that came to the movie gave it high marks.”
Disney bowed animated feature “The Princess and the Frog” in solo locations in L.A. and New York — boasting special pre-shows and premium ticket prices — to gross $712,000, or a mind-bending $355,794 per site ahead of a Dec. 11 expansion into wide release.
Sony Pictures Classics held Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” in single bicoastal sites, as the Penelope Cruz starrer wooed $117,005, or a nifty $58,503 per location, with cume of $311,985.
Freestyle Releasing debuted the dramatic comedy “Me and Orson Welles” in two theaters in L.A. and two in New York and grossed $64,780 for a pleasing three-day venue average of $16,195 and cume of $86,564 since unspooling Wednesday.
The big sophomore session for “New Moon” combined with international cume of $243 million for worldwide cume totaling $473.7 million. “New Moon” has bowed in 53 foreign territories to date.
Helmed by Walt Becker (“Wild Hogs”), PG-rated “Dogs” attracted audiences comprised 58% of females, with family moviegoers providing 38% of its support.
“We overperformed industry projections and lived up to where we thought we would be,” Disney distribution president Chuck Viane said.
Rated R, “Ninja” gives James McTeigue a first feature directing credit following extensive second-unit work; producers included Andy and Larry Wachowski. Legendary Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment were co-producers, while Rick Yune (“The Fast and the Furious”) and Rain (“Speed Racer”) top the effects-laden pic’s ensemble cast.
Opening audiences for “Ninja” were comprised 68% of males, with 54% of patrons age 25 or older. “Ninja” performed a bit better than expected, while overachieving “Blind Side” had Warners execs ecstatic.
“Word-of-mouth is just sensational on the movie,” Warners distribution topper Dan Fellman said.
The rousing holiday-stretched frame pushed Warners into industry record territory for its year-to-date studio boxoffice, at $1.83 billion and counting.
Expanded into a total 2,033 locations, “Mr. Fox” drew audiences evenly split between males and females, skewing a bit more adult than the typical animated feature with 52% of patrons age 25 or older.
“We’ve gotten terrific reviews and are going to try to keep riding that great word-of-mouth right through the holidays,” Fox senior vp distribution Chris Aronson said.
Looking ahead, four films are set to unspool in wide release Friday: Lionsgate’s drama “Brothers,” starring Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire; Miramax’s dramatic comedy “Everybody’s Fine,” toplined by Robert De Niro and Kate Beckinsale; Sony’s action thriller “Armored,” with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne; and Full Circle’s horror comedy “Transylmania.” George Clooney starrer “Up in the Air” had been set as a fifth wide release until Paramount recently knocked the dramedy back to a limited bow.
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