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Box Office Review: More Moon!

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Phony romance New Moon reigned over the box-office for a second consecutive weekend ($42.5M | $230.6M), though feel-gooder The Blind Side almost nipped it in the end ($40.1M | $100.2). Disaster-fu disaster 2012 held onto third place ($18M | $138.7M), just nosing out awful newcomer Old Dogs ($16.8M) and the sturdy A Christmas Carol ($16M | $105.3M). Ninja Assassin debuted to a solid $13.1M ($21M), topping mediocre kiddy flick Planet 51 ($10.2M | $28.4M) and the superb Precious ($7M | $32.4M).

Fantastic Mr. Fox ($7M | $10.1M) and The Men Who Stare at Goats ($1.5M | $30.5M) rounded out the top 10. In limited release, the nightmarish The Road just missed cracking the top 10 ($13,721 per theater). Traditionally animated Disney flick The Princess and the Frog did gangbuster business ($356,000) (admittedly because of super-high, event ticket prices). Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles ($16,200) and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee ($8000) did solid box-office as well.