Vampire blockbuster New Moon has taken huge bite out off the box-office – by taking a stunning $26.23 million on its first day of release!
The Twilight sequel beat out Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince $22.2 million and The Dark Knight $18.4 million breaking all records for a movie’s opening day.
The movie’s stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart have proved to be a massive hit with their army of fans and the figures have delighted bosses at Summit Entertainment.
Opening in 3,514 theaters, New Moon could also challenge Dark Knight’s single day gross of $67 million, but that seems unlikely based on its predominantly female only fan base.
As for the weekend, the first Twilight dropped 49% from Friday to Saturday and the sequel is expected to find a similar drop.
The Dark Knight dropped only 29% over that span – therefore, breaking the acclaimed thriller’s opening weekend gross record of $158.4 million has to be out of reach.
But surpassing this year’s winner, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with $108 million, is entirely possible for New Moon.
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Overseas fans have also taken a big bite into the hype as New Moon did stellar business in France and Spain on Wednesday.
In France, the Vampire flick found $4.35 million – Spain’s gross was just as strong with $2.1 million.
With 2012 continuing to do strong business and Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side projecting an $18-22 million opening, this could be a record setting weekend at the box office all around for the industry.
Thousands of fans from around the world are expected to queue around the block in cities all over world to catch New Moon this weekend.