Weekly Anticipation Index: 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon'

Featured Stories - on September 26, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Summit's The Twilight Saga: New Moon is poised to dominate the box office this November.

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This week, we've added three new films to the Anticipation Index. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Blind Side and Planet 51 all open on November 20.

Obviously, New Moon will win the weekend by a healthy margin. The Twilight phenomenon has only grown since the first film debuted last November with an opening weekend haul of nearly $70 million. It's safe to say that New Moon will improve on that opening by a large margin considering that the film is already dominating the world of online ticket sales on Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com.

Opening in the shadow of New Moon, The Blind Side and Planet 51 will have to struggle to gain attention. Blind Side should serve a nice alternative for adults that aren't interested at all in New Moon, while Planet 51 will work for families with children who are too young to digest New Moon.

Check out our predictions for these films as well as others in the table below.



Weekly Anticipation Index, September 26, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Zombieland October 2 Sony/Columbia $14M $37M
Couples Retreat October 9 Universal $27M $82M
Where the Wild Things Are October 16 Warner Bros. $27M $80M
Law Abiding Citizen October 16 Overture $14M $40M
Saw VI October 23 Lionsgate $29M $55M
Amelia October 23 Fox Searchlight $14M $50M
Astro Boy October 23 Summit $15M $48M
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant October 23 Universal $12M $35M
Michael Jackson's This Is It October 28 Sony $37M $77M
Disney's A Christmas Carol November 6 Disney $50M $175M
The Box November 6 Warner Bros. $15M $40M
The Fourth Kind November 6 Universal $13M $35M
The Men Who Stare at Goats November 6 Overture $11M $40M
2012 November 13 Sony $60M $155M
The Twilight Saga: New Moon November 20 Summit $95M $250M
Planet 51 November 20 Sony $15M $45M
The Blind Side November 20 Warner Bros. $12M $38M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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