As is typical for the weekend following Thanksgiving, Friday was an underwhelming day at the box office — but that shouldn’t prevent Sandra Bullock from celebrating the impressive longevity of The Blind Side. After two weekends of placing second to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the football drama drove into first place with $6.8 million on Friday, according to early estimates. That brings the movie’s total to $115.6 million — not too shabby considering its $29 million budget. Settling for second place was New Moon, which added $5.2 million, bringing the shirtless vampire/werewolf movie’s cumulative gross to $245.1 million. New Moon dropped 71 percent this week, but we doubt anyone at Summit Entertainment is sobbing. Not even Bella.
Third and fourth place went to two newcomers: the family drama Brothers (a remake of a 2004 Danish film) and the heist thriller Armored. The former grossed $3.6 million, while the latter stole $2.4 million. In fifth place, the John Travolta and Robin Williams comedy Old Dogs collected $2.1 million. Failing to crack the top five was the new Robert De Niro holiday flick Everybody’s Fine, which pulled in a measly $1.3 million.
In limited release, Jason Reitman’s Oscar hopeful Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, took off with $329,000 in 15 theaters for a buoyant per-screen average of $22,000. Friday’s figures are below, and check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report:
1. The Blind Side — $6.8 mil
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon –$5.2 mil
3. Brothers — $3.6 mil
4. Armored — $2.4 mil
5. Old Dogs — $2.1 mil