Blind Side Blitzes; Carol Still Strong

It was a quiet weekend at the box office, most notable for a blitz by the football drama The Blind Side that landed it in the top spot and continued strong business for Disney’s A Christmas Carol.

The Blind Side surged to the top of the heap with an estimated $20.4 million, bringing its domestic total to $129 million. The Twilight Saga: New Moon slipped to second place, with a weekend pull of $15.7 million and a to-date total of $255 million.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol moved up in the rankings from fifth place to fourth, its $7.5 million weekend tally coming in behind the debut of the Jim Sheridan drama Brothers with $9.7 million.

A Christmas Carol has now grossed $115 million domestically in five weeks of release, making it the season’s slow and steady draw.

The other visual effects-heavy and animated features in release saw standard attrition, with 2012 in seventh place with a $6.6 million weekend and a $148 million total; Planet 51 in ninth place with $4.3 million for a $34 million total; followed closely by Fantastic Mr. Fox in 11th place with a $2.8 million weekend and a $14 million gross.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog continued to do great business in a limited release on two screens, pulling in $744,000 for the weekend for a $2.4 million two-week total. The movie goes into wide release Dec. 11.