The Twilight Saga: New Moon breaks all sorts of box office records — but not biggest opening weekend
The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s estimated $140.7 million weekend take broke (or rather, is breaking) five box-office records in North America — but not the one for best opening weekend ever. That particular record still belongs to Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale’s The Dark Knight (2008), followed by Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3 (2007). But third place ever isn’t bad at all — even if the domestic box office rankings haven’t taken inflation into account. (Image: The Twilight Saga: New Moon wallpaper, with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart.)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon record-shattering feats
According to Box Office Mojo and other sources, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, starring Robert Pattinson (vampire), Kristen Stewart (human), and Taylor Lautner (werewolf), has shattered the following records:
- Biggest November opening ever, far surpassing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’s $102.7m
- Biggest first two days ever ($115.9 million Friday-Saturday), a little ahead of The Dark Knight’s $114.8m
- Biggest opening day ever: $72.7 million vs. The Dark Knight’s $67.2 million
- Biggest single day ever: $72.7 million vs. The Dark Knight’s $67.2 million
- Biggest midnight grosses ever: $26.3m
It’s unclear which movie holds the record for best 5:45 p.m. showing ever, but I’m willing to bet that New Moon shattered that record to pieces as well.
Also, it’s unclear as to why The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s distributor Summit Entertainment has estimated that their film will gross "only" $24 million on Sunday (The Dark Knight earned $43.6; Spider-Man 3 $39.9m). Is something going on today that will keep New Moon’s fan base (reportedly half of it under 21 and 80 percent female) at home or elsewhere?
New Moon: Sleeper blockbuster
No one had predicted that The Twilight Saga: New Moon would become such a mammoth box office hit. Internationally, New Moon has thus far grossed $118.1 million, bringing its opening-weekend worldwide total to $258m.
Also starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2010. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final movie in the series, doesn’t have a planned release date, yet.
The Blind Side performing strongly
I should add that this weekend had box office registers ringing for other movies besides The Twilight Saga: New Moon: the Sandra Bullock vehicle The Blind Side brought in $34.5 million, thus boasting Bullock’s highest-grossing opening weekend ever.
In limited release, the Pedro Almodóvar / Penélope Cruz collaboration Broken Embraces and Wes Anderson’s animated Fantastic Mr. Fox, featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray, among others, did quite well for themselves: respectively, $107,597 at two theaters and $199,142 at four theaters.
Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart The Twilight Saga: New Moon wallpaper: Summit Entertainment.