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"Moon" begins long weekend atop box office

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Summit Entertainment’s vampires-and-werewolves phenomenon “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” shrugged off three new wide releases to top the daily box-office rankings Wednesday with domestic grosses of $14.3 million.

That brought cumulative box office for “New Moon” to $179 million through just six days in release. The romantic action sequel showed no signs of losing steam heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The weekend’s business will be bolstered by the day off many students and workers receive on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Warner Bros.’ Sandra Bullock-starring “The Blind Side” rang up $7.9 million from its sixth day in release for a $50.6 million total. That would suggest the football-themed drama is a lock for the silver medal position over the coming weekend.

Sony’s disaster thriller “2012” was third, with $3.6 million in daily coin, hoisting the movie’s total grosses to $116.9 million.

Warner’s martial-arts action picture “Ninja Warriors” grossed $3.3 million Wednesday, earning fourth place in the daily rankings.

Disney’s family comedy “Old Dogs” fetched $3.1 million in fifth place. But the PG-rated movie -- starring John Travolta, Robin Williams, Seth Green and Kelly Preston -- should gather steam once matinee grosses kick in during the long holiday session.

Wes Anderson’s animated feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox” -- which 20th Century Fox expanded to a wide release Wednesday after a couple of weeks of bicoastal bookings -- ranked eighth for the day, with $1.1 million from 2,027 playdates.