UPDATE 4:00 PM MONDAY 12/14:

ACTUALS ARE IN: The final domestic box office numbers for its fourth weekend show that The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in $7,960,394 from 3635 locations with a per theater average of $2,190. These figures include newly released official numbers of $2,440,591 for Friday, $3,438,395 for Saturday, and a 39.5% drop to $2,081,408 Sunday (when it moved up past Invictus for third place for the day).

This increases the film's domestic cumulative total to $267,320,977 through its first 24 days of release. This is the official tally which, including the actual number for Sunday, has been revised downward by $40K from the previously announced $8M (a negligible amount). The film continues to dominate the 66 overseas territories in which it's playing, bringing in another $22.3 million from 9,163 theaters for a foreign total of $358.7M. This gives New Moon a worldwide cumulative total of $626.02M.
New Moon is currently the #5 domestic moneymaker of 2009, having passed Star Trek's $257.73M last week. $9.97M will move New Moon past The Hangover into fourth place. $25.69M will move New Moon past Up into third place for the year. $35M will surpass Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to become the #2 film of 2009. There are 18 days left in the year, including two weekends. At $8-10M per Friday-Sunday, adding in $2-3M each Monday-Thursday, it can easily finish fourth for the year and come close to third place. Keep in mind that the other five films in the top six all opened in the May-July blockbuster period.

Here is the reason why this overall number is different than the one reported by the industry on Sunday. After the Saturday box office totals came in on Sunday morning, the studio estimated what Sunday would be and came up with a weekend projection. That is standard industry procedure. Of course, Sunday and weekend figures can only be estimated at that point. The actual Sunday numbers weren't known until now. The actual numbers that come in after the weekend are usually not too far off from the estimates made on Sunday. They usually adjust slightly up or down but are rarely far off. In this case, the number was only $40K below the estimate.


UPDATE 1:00 PM SUNDAY 12/13:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon finished fourth in its fourth weekend, taking in an estimated $8M from 3635 locations with a per theater average of $2,201. These estimates include $2.4M Friday, $3.4M Saturday, and $2.2M Sunday. This increases the film's domestic cumulative total to $267.36M through its first 24 days of release and represents a 48.1% drop from last weekend. The film continues to dominate the 66 overseas territories in which it's playing, bringing in another $22.3 million from 9,163 theaters for a foreign total of $358.7M. This gives New Moon a worldwide cumulative total of $626.06M.

Topping the charts was Disney's The Princess And The Frog with $25M from 3434 locations for a per theater average of $7,280, good enough to nab the highest December opening ever for an animated film. It expanded wide this weekend after playing in limited release for two weeks. The Blind Side took second place in its fourth weekend with $15.45M from 3388 locations for a per theater average of $4,560. In third place was Invictus, the top new entry of the weekend, with a lower than expected $9.085M from 2125 locations for a per theater average of $4,275.

New limited releases included Weinstein's A Single Man, which took in an average of $24,000 from nine locations for a first weekend domestic total of $216,000, good enough to make the top 20 overall. Dreamworks/Paramount's The Lovely Bones opened in three locations, taking in $116,000 for a per theater average of $38,667.

New Moon is currently the #5 domestic moneymaker of 2009, having passed Star Trek's $257.73M last week. $9.93M will move New Moon past The Hangover into fourth place. $25.65M will move New Moon past Up into third place for the year. $34.6M will surpass Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to become the #2 film of 2009. There are 18 days left in the year, including two weekends. At $8-10M per Friday-Sunday, adding in $2-3M each Monday-Thursday, it can easily finish fourth for the year and come close to third place. Keep in mind that the other five films in the top six all opened in the May-July blockbuster period.

These numbers are not "actuals," meaning they are only official estimates based on early reports. For those who are new to the box office numbers game, it may seem odd to have these figures when Sunday isn't even over yet. But it is standard procedure to have weekend totals announced at this time. After the Saturday box office totals come in on Sunday morning, studios always estimate Sunday and come up with a weekend projection. Of course, Sunday and weekend figures can only be estimates at this point. The actual Sunday numbers aren't known until Monday. But many years and literally thousands of projections have yielded formulas that allow the industry to predict fairly closely what Sunday will be based on Friday and Saturday's numbers and, therefore, what the weekend will look like. The actual numbers that come in on Monday are usually not too far off from the estimates made on Sunday. They usually adjust slightly up or down but are rarely far off.


UPDATE 1:00 PM SUNDAY 12/13:

Sunday's box office estimates are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $2.2M from 3635 locations, with a per theater average of $605. This reflects an estimated 35.3% decrease from Saturday. New Moon is still in fourth place. This increases the film's domestic total to $267.36 after 24 days in release.


UPDATE 11:00 AM SUNDAY 12/13:

Saturday's box office estimates are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $3.4M from 3635 locations, with a per theater average of $935. This reflects an estimated 41.7% increase from Friday. New Moon is still in fourth place. This increases the film's domestic total to $265.16 after 23 days in release.


UPDATE 11:00 AM SATURDAY 12/12:

Friday's box office estimates are in. In its fourth Friday, The Twilight Saga: New Moon dropped into fourth place, taking in $2.4M from 3635 locations for a per theater average of $660. Based on Friday's number and advance ticket sales, the weekend estimate is $7.7M. Topping the charts was Princess And The Frog with $7M from 3434 locations for a weekend estimate of $27M. The Blind Side took second place with $4.7M from 3388 locations for a weekend estimate of $14.5M. In third place was Invictus with $2.9M from 2125 locations for a weekend estimate of $10M. New Moon's domestic cumulative total is now $261.8M through its first 22 days of release. The current worldwide cumulative total is $583.2M.


UPDATE 6:00 PM FRIDAY 12/11:

Thursday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $985,677 from 4124 locations, with a per theater average of $239. New Moon is still in second place. This increases the film's domestic total to $259,360,583 after 21 days in release. The current worldwide total is $580,816,845.

Here are the weekly numbers for the period from December 4-10. In its third week, The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in $19,425,159 from 4124 locations for a per theater average of $4,710. This represents a 62.5% drop from its second week. It was still good enough for a second place finish for the seven-day period. Over the past 365 days, New Moon ($259.4M) is in fifth place behind The Hangover ($277.3M).


UPDATE 6:00 PM THURSDAY 12/10:

Theater counts have been announced for the week of Friday 12/11 - Thursday 12/17. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is dropping 489 theaters for a total of 3,635 in its fourth week of release. It will still be the widest distribution of all films at the box office. The Princess and the Frog is second with 3,434 locations. The widest new release will be Invictus with 2,125 locations.


UPDATE 4:00 PM THURSDAY 12/10:

Wednesday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $905,831 from 4124 locations, with a per theater average of $220. This represents a 15.8% decrease from Monday but New Moon is still in second place. This increases the film's domestic total to $258,374,076 after 20 days in release. The current worldwide total is $579.83M. The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($258,374,906) has now passed Star Trek ($257,730,019) to become the #5 film of 2009 on the domestic charts. Adding its confirmed overseas take of $321,456,262 gives New Moon a worldwide cumulative total of $579,831,168.


This achievement is made all the more spectacular in that the film has only been in release for 20 days in what is traditionally a slow box office season. All other films in the top 6 opened in the May-June summer blockbuster period. Another $18.92M passes The Hangover for fourth place and $34.63M will move the film past Up to take third place.


UPDATE 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY 12/9:

Tuesday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $1,076,293 from 4124 locations, with a per theater average of $261. This represents a 4.5% increase from Monday, and New Moon is still in second place. This increases the film's domestic total to $257,469,075 after 19 days in release. The current worldwide total is $571.98M.

Also today, Summit Entertainment announced that Twi-hards will be able to see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on Imax screens come June 30, 2010. "Twilight moviegoers will have a whole new way to experience this next installment of the series, with the enhanced image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience putting them in the movie," said Richie Fay, Summit's president of domestic theatrical distribution. The film will be digitally re-mastered specifically for the large-screen format. With the additional ticket cost, typically in the $15 range, expect Eclipse to easily eclipse New Moon'a record-setting box office numbers.


UPDATE 4:00 PM TUESDAY 12/8:

Monday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $1,029,730 from 4124 locations, with a per theater average of $250. With a drop of 73.1% from Sunday this was the worst day at the box office since the film's release. However, most films fared just as poorly and New Moon still came in second for the day. This increases the film's domestic total to $256,392,782 after 18 days in release. The current worldwide total is $570.9M.


UPDATE 11:00 AM TUESDAY 12/8:

The final domestic box office numbers for its third weekend show that The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in $15,427,628 from 4124 locations with a per theater average of $3,741. These figures include newly released official numbers of $5,114,239 for Friday, $6,480,523 for Saturday, and a 40.9% drop to $3,832,866 Sunday. This increases the film's domestic cumulative total to $255.36M through its first 17 days of release. This is the official tally which, including the actual number for Sunday, has been revised downward by $276K from the previously announced $15.704M. New Moon also took in an estimated $40.7M in foreign markets for an international total of $314.5M and a worldwide cumulative total of $569.9M.

It needs only $2.37M more to pass Star Trek's $257.73M and make the top 5 domestic for 2009. Note that all the films in the top 5 opened in May-July. $21.9M will move New Moon past The Hangover into fourth place. $37.54M will move New Moon past Up into third place for the year. $46.636M will surpass Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to become the #2 film of 2009. At $15M per weekend it can easily finish second for the year.

Here is the reason why this overall number is lower than the one reported by the industry on Sunday. After the Saturday box office totals came in on Sunday morning, the studio estimated what Sunday would be and came up with a weekend projection. That is standard industry procedure. Of course, Sunday and weekend figures can only be estimated at that point.

The actual Sunday numbers weren't known until now. The actual numbers that come in after the weekend are usually not too far off from the estimates made on Sunday. They usually adjust slightly up or down but are rarely far off. In this case, the number was slightly overestimated, meaning that the percentage drop from Saturday to Sunday was slightly more than anticipated and less people went to see New Moon than had been predicted. So the final number is revised downward by $276K or rounded off to $0.28M.


NOTE: Opening weekend box office totals for The Twilight Saga: New Moon are posted HERE. The first week and second weekend totals are HERE. The second week and third weekend totals are posted HERE.


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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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    THANK YOU.

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    good news

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