Tonawanda News


December 7, 2009

'The Blind Side' tops box office in third weekend


Lionsgate’s war-on-terror-themed drama “Brothers” debuted at No. 3 with $9.7 million, averaging $4,646 in 2,088 theaters. A remake of a 2004 Danish film, “Brothers” stars Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal in the story of a prisoner of war who returns from Afghanistan to find his sibling has become the man of the house for his family.

Sony’s heist thriller “Armored,” with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne, premiered with $6.6 million and tied for No. 6, averaging $3,446 in 1,915 theaters.

Another foreign-language remake — Miramax’s “Everybody’s Fine,” with Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale in an update of a 1990 Italian film — opened a weak No. 10 with $4 million for an average of $1,888 in 2,133 cinemas. De Niro plays a retiree on a journey to reconnect with his grown children.

The vampire mania over “New Moon” did not extend to Full Circle Releasing’s bloodsucker comedy “Transylmania,” which took in just $274,000 in 1,007 theaters for a dismal average of $272. The movie is a campus-horror spoof about students studying at a Transylvania college overrun by vampires.

Overall revenues came in at $101 million, up 22.6 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Four Christmases” was No. 1 with $16.8 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for, estimates domestic receipts will finish at $10.6 billion for the year, easily surpassing the industry’s all-time high of $9.68 billion in 2007.

Revenues stand at $9.66 billion after this weekend, so Hollywood should break that 2007 record in the next couple of days, Dergarabedian said.

With big movies such as James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “Avatar” opening Dec. 18 and Robert Downey Jr.’s crime saga “Sherlock Holmes” and the family comedy “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” arriving Christmas week, that $10.6 billion estimate for the year might prove conservative, Dergarabedian said.

“It will probably go higher if we consistently outperform the way we have been,” Dergarabedian said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Blind Side,” $20.4 million.

2. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” $15.7 million.

3. “Brothers,” $9.7 million.

4. “Disney’s a Christmas Carol,” $7.5 million.

5. “Old Dogs,” $6.9 million.

6. “Armored” (tie), $6.6 million.

6. “2012” (tie), $6.6 million.

8. “Ninja Assassin,” $5 million.

9. “Planet 51,” $4.3 million.

10. “Everybody’s Fine,” $4 million.

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