Weekend Box Office: November 20-22

#1 New Moon from Summit debuts at #1 with an opening weekend gross of $142.8 million in 4024 theaters. Budget was $50 million.

#2 The Blind Side from Warner Brothers debuts at #2 with an opening weekend gross of $34.1 million in 3110 theaters. Budget is unknown.

#3 2012 from Sony drops from #1 to #3 with a weekend gross of $26.4 million (-59.5%) in 3408 theaters (+4). Total gross to date is $108.1 million. Budget was $200 million.

#4 Planet 51 from Sony debuts at #4 with an opening weekend gross of $12.2 million in 3035 theaters. Budget is unknown.

#5 A Christmas Carol (2009) from Buena Vista drops from #2 to #5 with a weekend gross of $12.2 million (-45.0%) in 3578 theaters (-105). Total gross to date is $79.8 million. Budget was $200 million.

#6 Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire drops from #3 to #6 with a weekend gross of $10.8 million (+85.2%) in 629 theaters (+455). Total gross to date is $21.2 million. Budget was $10 million.

Rounding out the top 12 are:

#7 The Men Who Stare at Goats drops from #4 to #7 with a weekend gross of $2.8 million (-51.7%) in 2056 theaters (-397). Total gross to date is $27.6 million. Budget was $25 million.

#8 Couples Retreat drops from #7 to #8 with a weekend gross of $1.9 million (-53.3%) in 1712 theaters (-797). Total gross to date is $104.9 million. Budget was $70 million.

#9 The Fourth Kind  drops from #6 to #9 with a weekend gross of $1.7 million (-62.1%) in 1648 theaters (-882). Total gross to date is $23.3 million. Budget is unknown.

#10 Michael Jackson’s This Is It drops from #5 to #10 with a weekend gross of $1.6 million (-68.2%) in 1640 theaters (-1397). Total gross to date is $70.2 million. Budget is unknown.

#11 Law Abiding Citizen drops from #9 to #11 with a weekend gross of $1.6 million (-57.7%) in 1327 theaters (-744). Total gross to date is $70.0 million. Budget was $50 million.

#12 Pirate Radio drops from #11 to #12 with a weekend gross of $1.4 million (-49.7%) in 883 theaters (+1). Total gross to date is $5.1 million. Budget was $50 million.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $250.0 million (+93.1%).

A note on “Gross”: On average, studios will earn approximately 55 percent of the final gross.

Sources:
Box Office Mojo

24. November 2009 by Andrew
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