‘Blind Side’ gains B.O. yardage over ‘New Moon’

Bullock film makes $6.8 million in its third Friday

In their respective third Fridays, Warner Bros.’ football drama “The Blind Side” beat Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon;” $6.8 million to $5.2 million.

“Blind Side” fell 58% from a week ago, raising its total domestic cume to $115.6 million at 3,326 sites.

“New Moon” registered a 71% drop from 4,124 and a running total stateside of $245.1 million.

As is typical for the Friday following Black Friday, moviegoing drops off. Most wide carryovers, with the exception of “Blind Side,” showed precipitous drops of 70% or more. The top 10 films yesterday totaled $28 million, repping a 60% drop from last Friday.

Not to mention, it’s also rare for a new entry during the first Friday of December to post a double-digit B.O. haul, 2001’s “Oceans Eleven” being the only one with $13.3 million.

Of those titles bowing yesterday, Lionsgate’s drama “Brothers” starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman generated $3.57 million in third from 2,088. Notching fourth, Sony’s Screen Gems actioner “Armored” starring Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Jean Reno took $2.4 million from 1,915. Miramax’s Robert De Niro family drama “Everybody’s Fine” bowed in ninth with $1.3 million off 2,133. The film is an English remake of the 1990 Giuseppe Tornatore Italian film “Stanno tutti bene” which starred Marcello Mastroianni.

The one bright spot at the B.O. yesterday emanated from the 12 markets playing Paramount/DreamWorks’ George Clooney starrer “Up in the Air” which soared with $329,000 off 14 and a per site of $22,000. That’s the second best opening day ever for a film in under 100 runs, ranking behind “Precious” which cashed in $587,859 a month ago. Directed by Jason Reitman, “Air” also scored the highest limited bow for Clooney, besting 2007’s “Michael Clayton” which made $196,755 on its first day of release from 15 theaters. Reitman’s previous film, “Juno” also platformed in December 2007 before going wide for award season, charting an opening day of $55,179 from seven theaters.

In fifth, Disney’s “Old Dogs” took $2.06 million, down 70%, on 3,425 for a domestic B.O. in its second Friday of $29.09 million.

Sony’s “2012” followed “Old Dogs” with $2 million, off 71% on 3,220 with a total B.O. of $144.2 million.

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” remained afloat in the top 10, grossing $1.9 million in seventh from 2,546, down 70% for a total stateside B.O. of $109.4 million.

Warner Bros.’ “Ninja Assassin” declined 71% at the beginning of its second sesh with $1.7 million in eighth off 2,503; pic’s cume stands at $26.4 million.

Ranking tenth, Sony’s “Planet 51” beamed up $1 million at 2,904, down 75% in its second Friday, for a running total B.O. of $30.7 million.

Elsewhere among limited engagements, Disney’s exclusive Gotham and Los Angeles run of hand-drawn toon “The Princess and the Frog” continued to be strong in its second Friday, charting $233,000 from two venues, a 16% dip and an estimated total B.O. of $1.9 million.

Weinstein Co.’s “The Road” fell 59% on 128 counting $234,000 for a per site of $1,828 and a running cume of $2.6 million.

Full Circle Releasing’s vampire spoof “Transylmania” bowed to $106,000 off 1,005 for a per site of $105. Magnolia Picture’s arthouse opener “Serious Moonlight,” directed by “Curb Your Enthusiasm” thesp Cheryl Hines and written by the late Adrienne Shelly (“Waitress”), collected an estimated $4,000 from eight hubs.

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