Leave it to a vampire to drain us of our discretionary income.
Recession? Pish. The Twilight Saga: New Moon powered to a staggering $140.7 million take at the box office this weekend, breaking all sorts of records and proving, yet again, that tween girls really do rule the world.
With all the hubbub surrounding Team Edward and Team Jacob, it’d perhaps be forgivable for some fans to lose sight of what Wingate Christian School’s football team did this weekend.
Wingate is the fictional alma mater of real-life NFL player Michael Oher, central figure in the film The Blind Side. While the film’s gross was dwarfed by New Moon, the flick still took in $10.9 million its very first day (the most ever for a sports drama) and $34.5 million for the weekend (the biggest opening weekend take in star Sandra Bullock’s career).
Not too shabby for a story revolving around a football player and his adoptive evangelical family, eh?
Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, matriarch of a Christian family that really practices what they preach. The film has its share of issues, but I gotta say that I really enjoyed it—even though I watched it from a corner seat in the theater’s front row, which made all the characters look like monstrous aliens with lopsided eyes. It was great to see Christians making a positive difference in someone’s life.
In the Christian publication World magazine, Bullock admits she was leery of playing an evangelical firebrand. She says that she’s had bad experiences with preachy, hypocritical Christians, and she didn’t want to pull out a religious banner and wave it around. But talking with the real Leigh Anne Tuohy changed her attitude. “I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith,” Bullock said. “I finally met people who walk the walk.”
So, with the weekend in the bag, now it’s your turn to talk. Did you gaze at the New Moon? See The Blind Side? Didn’t think either of ’em was worth your cash? Let us know.