The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the vampire love story based on the best-selling novels, was the top movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters for a second weekend. New Moon, from Summit Entertainment LLC, earned $42.5 million. Receipts for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period set a record $278 million, researcher Box Office said in an e-mailed statement. The previous record was $244.4 million, set in 2000. The Twilight series, based on books by Stephenie Meyer, is the story of a teenage girl, Bella Swan, who falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. New Moon, a sequel to last years Twilight, made $142.8 million in its debut last weekend, the third-biggest opening weekend in box-office history, and has taken $230.7 million in U.S. ticket sales since Nov. 20. This shows that they definitely have expanded the brand, said Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst for Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations. He said the first film earned $191 million domestically, and has already been topped by the sequel. 'The Blind Side In New Moon, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson reprise their roles as Bella and Edward. The sequel doubled the opening-weekend sales of last years Twilight, which earned a total of $384 million in global ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, a Califonia-based researcher. The Blind Side, a football drama starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron, held onto second place with $40.1 million for Time Warner Inc.s Warner Bros. Bloomberg The film is based on the life of Michael Oher, a homeless boy who becomes an All- American football player after being adopted by an affluent Southern family. The movie has earned $100 million in two weeks of release. Bloomberg 'Blind Side took everybody for a loop, because it didnt have a lot of buzz going into last weekend, Bock said. The previous No. 1 before New Moon was the doomsday thriller 2012, which earned $18 million to retain third place. The movie about the destruction of the Earth at the end- date of the Mayan calendar has brought in $138.8 million in three weeks for Sony Corp. 'Old Dogs Walt Disney Co.s Old Dogs opened in fourth place with $16.8 million. The comedy, starring John Travolta and Robin Williams, tells the story of a pair of bachelors who are unexpectedly charged with taking care of 7-year-old twins. A Christmas Carol, a 3-D adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic starring Jim Carrey, held onto fifth place for a second week with $16 million. Sales for the top 12 films rose 13 percent to $175 million from $154.7 a year earlier, said. Year-to-date receipts total $9.52 billion, up 8 percent from a year earlier. Attendance is up 4.3 percent this year. The following table has figures provided by studios to The amounts are based on actual ticket sales from Nov. 27-28 and estimates for yesterday. Bloomberg