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11.20.09 30 Comments

(She wants to be a stupid lamb.)

According to Nikki Finke, Twilight Saga: New Moon‘s opening-day numbers are bigger than Dark Knight and Harry Potter.  To put it in layman’s terms, that’s pretty big.

Rival studios are telling me this morning that Summit Entertainment’s New Moon debuted with $23M-$24M in 12:01AM screenings. That would set a new midnight opening record, smashing The Dark Knight‘s $18.4M set on July 18, 2008, and Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince‘s $22.2M set on July 15, 2009. Summit has yet to release an official number for the Twilight sequel’s midnight debut in 3,514 theaters.

The Dark Knight eventually went on to gross $1,001,921,825 (that’s a little more than a billion dollars if you hate commas) and Harry Potter earned $929,226,389.  For New Moon to put up these kind of opening-night numbers is huge, and you know these are the type of fans who’ll show up more than once.  It’s not like they’re busy going out on dates.  It just goes to show the buying power of tween girls.  Let’s hope they never develop the attendant upper-body strength.

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