The week after Thanksgiving is never big for new offerings at the movies. Last year, for example, gave us Punisher: War Zone, Cadillac Records and Nobel Son, but Four Christmases and Twilight remained tops at the box office. So this week’s number one and number two were last week’s number one and number two — The Blind Side with a hearty $20.4 million, and New Moon with $15.7 million. By this logic, half-assed though it may be, first and second place at the box office this time next year will be a Warner Bros. release followed by whichever Twilight they crank out by then — although the Warner Bros. release will likely be the next Harry Potter they crank out, so … yeah. People will probably go see that.
Of the new releases, the melodrama-sold-as-thriller Brothers made a decent enough opening with $9.7 million in third place (review forthcoming), with nothing new ranking behind it until Armored in seventh place with $6.6 million. In between? Number four — A Christmas Carol with $7.5 million; number five — Old Dogs with $6.9 million, and number six — 2012 with $6.6 million, which means it and Armored could switch spots once the genuine totals come in.
Ninja Assassin clung onto eighth place with $5 million, Planet 51 hung on in ninth with $4.3 million and the newly-opened De Niro dramedy, Everybody’s Fine, took 10th with a paltry $4 million on over 2,000 screens. (In comparison, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air brought in $1.2 million at just 15 theaters.) I guess if people wanted to watch family members keep secrets from one another, they could always just stay at home.