“New Moon” Breaks Midnight Box Office Record; New “Twilight” Film Earns $26.27 Million

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.

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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 Hollywood.com.

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