The vampires! The wolf Pack! And Kristen Stewart's caught in the middle in New Moon (reviews); The CGI animated family toon Planet 51 (reviews) blasts off with Dwayne Johnson leading the voice cast;Sandra Bullock's becomes a blonde in the real-life football pic The Blind Side (reviews).
Pamela McClintock and Elsa Keslassy of Variety:
Thanks to Summit Entertainment's sequel "New Moon" and a crop of other films, the weekend is likely to bring record revenues at the domestic B.O., according to box office observers.
Without a doubt, "New Moon" will be a monster. It's already gotten off to a boffo start at the international B.O., where it opened Wednesday in France to $4.4 million -- nearly four times the $1.2 million earned there on the first day by "Twilight."
"New Moon" may be sucking up nearly all the oxygen, but there's notable business to be had by other titles.
Domestically, Warner Bros. is seeing strong tracking for Sandra Bullock-Quinton Aaron football drama "The Blind Side" among older women, and male football fans of all ages. Film, which tells the story of rookie Baltimore Ravens player Michael Oher, opens in 3,110 theaters.
Going after tots is Sony's toon "Planet 51," which the studio acquired from Spanish producers Ilion Animation. It goes out in 3,035 theaters.
Sony holdover "2012," the disaster pic from Roland Emmerich, should continue to rack up significant grosses, after opening to $65.2 million last weekend. "Blind Side" and "2012" could help make up for a possible soft opening from "Planet 51," which has only so-so tracking....
Can 'New Moon' cross $100 million in 3 days?
Nicole Sperling of EW:
$85 million would make it a solid smash, but she's willing to bet it'll go higher
I'm just glad Moon is finally here--so that the hoopla will get a chance to subside at least until The Twilight Saga: Eclipse arrives next year--Yikes!