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

UPDATE 11:00 AM TUESDAY 12/8:

ACTUALS ARE IN: 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.


UPDATE 4:00 PM SUNDAY 12/5:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon finished second in its third weekend, taking in an estimated $15.704M from 4124 locations with a per theater average of $3,808. This increases the film's domestic cumulative total to $255.64M through its first 17 days of release. 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 $570.1M.

It needs only $2.1M 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. $21.62M will move New Moon past The Hangover into fourth place. $37.26M will move New Moon past Up into third place for the year. $46.36M 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.

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 11:00 AM SATURDAY 12/5:

Friday's box office estimates are in. In its third Friday, The Twilight Saga: New Moon dropped into second place, taking in $5.2M from 4124 locations. Topping the charts was The Blind Side with $6.8M. New Moon's domestic cumulative total is now $245.1M through its first 15 days of release. The current worldwide cumulative total is $488.1M. This represents a 71% drop from a week ago. However, moviegoing typically takes a nosedive on the Friday following Black Friday. Weekend estimates predict New Moon will come in second with $16M. That would put the film's worldwide total over $500M.


UPDATE 11:00 PM FRIDAY 12/4:

Weekly numbers are now in for the period from November 27 - December 3. In its second week, The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in $51,857,759 from 4042 locations for a per theater average of $12,830. This represents a 72.4% drop from its first week. It was still good enough for a first place finish for the seven-day period, topping The Blind Side with $48,696,901 from 3140 locations. Over the past 365 days, New Moon ($239.9M) is in sixth place behind Star Trek ($257.7M).


UPDATE 7:00 PM FRIDAY 12/4:

Thursday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $2,104,795 from 4042 locations, with a per theater average of $521. New Moon still tops the box office charts. This increases the film's domestic total to $239,935,424 after 14 days in release. The current worldwide total is $482,935,424.


UPDATE 10:00 PM THURSDAY 12/3:

Wednesday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $2,100,986 from 4042 locations, with a per theater average of $520. New Moon still tops the box office charts. This increases the film's domestic total to $237,830,629 after 13 days in release. The current worldwide total is $480,830,629.

Theater counts have been announced for the week of Friday 12/4 - Thursday 12/10. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is adding 82 theaters for a total of 4124 in its third week of release. It will still be the widest distribution of all films at the box office. Old Dogs is second with 3425 locations. The widest new release will be Everybody's Fine with 2133 locations.

UPDATE 10:00 PM WEDNESDAY 12/2:

Tuesday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $2,394,975 from 4042 locations, with a per theater average of $593. New Moon still tops the box office charts. This increases the film's domestic total to $235,729,643. The current worldwide total is $478,729,643.


UPDATE 4:00 PM TUESDAY 12/1:

Monday's box office numbers are in. The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in another $2,386,972 from 4042 locations, with a per theater average of $591. With a drop of 72.4% 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 took the top spot for the day. This increases the film's domestic total to $233.3M. The current worldwide total is $476.3M.


UPDATE 6:00 PM MONDAY 11/30:

The final domestic box office numbers for Thanksgiving weekend show that The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in $42,870,031 from 4042 locations with a per theater average of $10,606 for the Friday-Sunday period, and $66,273,378 with a per theater average of $16,396 for the five-day holiday weekend from Wednesday to Sunday. These figures include newly released official numbers of $14,198,803 for Wednesday, $9,204,544 for Thursday, $17,711,264 for Friday, $16,523,369 for Saturday, and a 47.7% drop to $8,635,398 Sunday. This increases the film's domestic cumulative total to $230.95M through its first 10 days of release. This is the official tally which, including the actual number for Sunday, has been revised upward by $370K from the previously announced $42.5M.

Here is the reason why this overall number is higher than the one reported by the industry yesterday. 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 today. 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. In this case, the number was underestimated (for the second weekend in a row), meaning that the percentage drop from Saturday to Sunday was slightly less than anticipated and more people went to see New Moon than had been predicted. So the final number is revised upward by $370K or rounded off to $0.4M.

Looking at the charts, New Moon is #5 on the list of all-time Thanksgiving weekend box office grosses. It also stands at #6 on the all-time list of the first 10 days of wide release whenever they occurred, not just weekends. It needs only $27M more to pass Star Trek's $257.73 and make the top 5 domestic for 2009. Note that all the films in the top 5 opened in May-July. Another $20M after that will move New Moon past The Hangover ($277.2M) into fourth place. The film is still in 66th place on the all-time domestic box office list (not inflation-adjusted). Worldwide, New Moon still stands in seventh place but could shoot up to fourth place in just a few days, passing Up's $507M total. No movie made over $1 billion this year. This was the biggest (for all movies) Thanksgiving weekend of all time with a total box office of $278M.

New Moon was #1 in international markets as well, taking in $85.1M from 8,476 theaters in 56 territories. In Germany, the film scored the second largest opening day of the year on its way to an $18M weekend. New Moon also topped the charts in France, Spain, and the U.K. Foreign markets where the film is doing best include the U.K. ($31.5M), France ($28M), and Australia and Italy each with $23M. Summit now estimates that foreign box office to date is $243M for a worldwide cumulative total of $473.95 with more international figures still being reported. With $230.7M domestic and $243M foreign, New Moon is now earning more overseas than in the U.S. (48.7% to 51.3%).





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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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