The Twi-Hards turned out in record numbers to catch the first showings of The Twilight Saga: New Moon early Friday money. The second installment of Bella and Edward’s love story outperformed boy wizard Harry Potter, who previously held the record for midnight box office.


According to box office numbers released by Summit Entertainment Friday afternoon, New Moon pulled in a record-breaking estimated gross of $26.27 million playing in just 3,514 theaters across the nation — that’s an average of $7,476 per theater!

The wildly-successful midnight opening “portends an opening weekend that could be one of the biggest of the year,” says Paul Dergarabedian, a box-office analyst for