New Moon Vamps to $141M Haul

Latest 'Twilight' entry enjoys 3rd-biggest weekend ever
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2009 1:54 PM CST
In this film image released by Summit Entertainment, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are shown in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Kimberley French)
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(Newser) – In the third-largest weekend debut ever, The Twilight Saga: New Moon rang up $140.7 million, riding records for a midnight opening and a single day to totals trailing only The Dark Knight and Spider-Man. Audiences were four-fifths female, with the remaining 20% mostly teen boys, USA Today reports. The Blind Side outperformed expectations, doing $34.5 million. Precious fell out of the top five but remained in the top 10, taking in $11 million. The top five:

  1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $140.7 million
  2. The Blind Side, $34.5 million
  3. 2012, $26.5 million
  4. Planet 51, $12.6 million
  5. Disney's A Christmas Carol, $12.2 million
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