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Box Office Review: Blind Side, er, Blind Sides 'Em!

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In a rare feat, The Blind Side managed to top the box office chart for the first time in its third week of release. The feel-good football story took in $20.4M ($129.2M) to easily top feel-bad vampire story New Moon ($15.7M | $255.6M). The horribly depressing Brothers was a distant third ($9.7M). The resilient Christmas Carol ($7.5M | $115M) and the god-awful Old Dogs ($6.9M | $33.9M) rounded out the top 5.

Armored disappointed in its opening weekend ($6.6M), tying the dreadful 2012 ($6.6M | $148.7M). After that it was the sorta-cool Ninja Assassin ($5M | $29.7M) and the dull Planet 51 ($4.3M | $33.9M). Despite an impressive cast, Everybody's Fine debuted to awful business ($4M). In limited release, Up in the Air did blockbuster business ($79,000 per theater), while Transylmania did the exact opposite ($272 per).