"New Moon" Sets Record

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" has set a box-office record for midnight screenings.

Summit Entertainment estimated Friday that it earned $26.3 million after opening early in the morning.

That would topple the previous midnight record, held by "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." It earned $22.2 million this year. "The Dark Knight" from 2008 is third with $18.5 million.

"New Moon" is the second installment of the popular "Twilight" series. It opened at midnight in 3,514 theaters with a per-theater average of $7,476.

Paul Dergarabedian is a box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. He says the midnight start "portends an opening weekend that could be one of the biggest of the year."

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    Many can't wait till the next one comes out.The books were awesome.Many can't wait till the next book comes out.Sorry Bill you didn't like it.Not many would agree with you.Just think how much money someone is making off the books and the movies.Don't many wish they could of made that money.
  • by Bill Location: Holt on Nov 20, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    Movie sucked! Save your money and wait for the dollar specials at Dollar General!
  • by Me Location: Lansing on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    This movie is AWESOME!
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