‘New Moon’ crosses $200 million

Film takes top spot Friday with $17.9 million.

In its eighth day of release, Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” crossed the double-century mark making an estimated $206.1 million.

The domestic B.O. for “New Moon” easily eclipsed that of the first “Twilight” which amassed $192.8 million in 20 weeks.

In the first three days of the holiday frame beginning Wednesday, “New Moon” has grossed $41.4 million.

The record holder for the best Thanksgiving frame haul still belongs to the first “Harry Potter” which made $82.4 million from Wednesday through Sunday.

After Warner Bros.’ football drama “The Blind Side” squeezed a few more bodies into the multiplex on Thanksgiving than “New Moon,” the vampire sequel took the top spot back on Friday with $17.9 million at 4,042 theaters.

While that figure reps a 75% decline for “New Moon” from its first Friday, such steep drops aren’t uncommon for a record tentpole opener, i.e. “The Dark Knight” fell 67%; “Spider-Man 3,” -71%; and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” -70%.

Multiplex traffic picked up greatly yesterday for the top 10 which is typical on Black Friday as auds tend to sit back on Thanksgiving. Of note, “New Moon” saw a 95% surge in its Friday take over its Thanksgiving B.O., “Blind Side” shot up 71% as well as wide entries “Ninja Assassin,” (+24%) and “Old Dogs” (+67%).

Though “Blind Side” slipped to second after its Thursday win, more people caught the Sandra Bullock film in its second Friday than on its opening day, with the film seeing a 47% uptick at 3,140 run for a B.O. of $16.2 million. Pic’s domestic cume stands at $76.3 million.

Sony’s “2012” rose to third yesterday after placing fifth on Thanksgiving with $7 million off 3,444. Pic dipped just 14% in its third Friday from a week ago with a running estimated cume of $127.8 million.

A pair of Walt Disney PG titles took fourth and fifth respectively with “Old Dogs” making $6.85 million from 3,425 and “A Christmas Carol” taking $6.64 million from 3,013. In three days “Old Dogs” has generated $14.1 million while the domestic cume for “Christmas Carol” should cross $100 million this weekend; its B.O. currently standing at $96 million.

Warner Bros. R-rated actioner “Ninja Assassin” took sixth in its third day with $5.7 million from 2,503 and a three-day B.O. of $13.5 million.

Sony’s feature toon “Planet 51” counted $4.1 million in seventh from 3,035, up 29% from a week ago with an eight-day take of $22.4 million.

20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” doubled its domestic cume from Thursday, drawing $3 million from 2,029 in eighth yesterday for a new domestic total of $6 million.

Lionsgate’s “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” took in $2.8 million from 663 and a theater average of $4,175. Domestic B.O.: $27.1 million.

Overture Films’ “The Men Who Stare at Goats” generated an estimated $632,000 from 1,119 for a running cume in its fourth Friday of $29.3 million.

Weinstein Co.’s “The Road” raised its three-day cume to $1 million off 111 yesterday. Pic easily owned the no. 11 spot with a theater average of $5,045 or $560,000.

Disney’s exclusive run of its new hand-drawn animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” set to go wide on Dec. 11, drew an estimated $277,000 from two sites for a running three-day domestic take of $707,630.

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