Well, so much for the folks who thought all those negative reviews might impact New Moon's opening box office. Variety tells us that The Twilight Saga: New Moon has shattered records and set box office history by grossing an astonishing $26 million in midnight showings alone. The latest installment in the teen vamp franchise easily beat the previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which grossed $22.2 million earlier this summer.
'New Moon' Destroys Harry Potter on Way to Best Midnight Opening Ever!
Next up for New Moon is the opening day record, currently held by The Dark Knight with $67.2 million. It'll take a mighty sword to slay what some claim is the greatest superhero movie of all time, but those Twi-hards have proven to be a resilient bunch. In addition to all the records being broken, our super covert computers here at Fandango Headquarters tell us they've been spitting out a whopping 10 tickets per second all day long. 10 tickets per second! That's insane!
Will New Moon beat The Dark Knight? And if so, just how many records will it break? Make sure you vote in our box office poll, and tune in Monday to see just how much this sucker brought in over the weekend.
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.