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'New Moon' nearly blindsided -- should Robert Pattinson zip it about abstinence?

November 29, 2009 |  3:12 pm

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The box-office crown held by Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "New Moon" appears to be safe for another weekend. But just barely.

Company Town has an early look at the box office, plus theories about why the second "Twilight Saga" installment dropped off 70% in sales from last weekend, while "The Blind Side" ticket sales jumped 18% on great word-of-mouth.

One theory that makes sense to the Ministry: Ticket sales dropped off after boffo initial box office because the rabid fan base just had to see the vampire flick ASAP -- but also just had to spend Thanksgiving weekend with the family, who preferred to see Sandra Bullock in the football-themed "The Blind Side."

And, you know, maybe Mom and Dad had the car keys.

Another possibility?

"New Moon" star Robert Pattinson told the UK Daily Telegraph that "The Twilight Saga" is really a big metaphor for abstinence (vampires really are a "want it/can't have it" deal if you're human -- just ask Buffy and Angel).

And on a rivalry-game weekend, when passions overflow, the movie's erotic underpinnings, with no celebration-inducing "touchdowns," might've been no match for the scoring power of football.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: The guys in the "New Moon" wolf pack could probably find something to do on a football team, yes? From left, Alex Meraz as Paul, Kiowa Gordon as Embry Call and Chaske Spencer as Sam Uley in the "Twilight" sequel. Credit: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

Related dispatches from the Ministry's temporary Office of Never-Ending Twilight: 

'New Moon' shatters records, scores third-best film opening ever

Fans decide once and for all: Edward Cullen or Jacob Black?

Newest wolf pack member BooBoo Stewart's 'New Moon' premiere night

'Twilight: New Moon' rises in L.A.: red carpet in Westwood

Taylor Lautner brings a slice of 'New Moon' to Jay Leno

Image: Oh, that seductive 'Twilight' merchandise

Robert Pattinson finds 'Twilight' hoopla 'a little frightening'

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