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I’d like to say I’m surprised by this, but honestly, I’m not. Not after my niece told me she had bought two tickets to see “Twilight: New Moon” on Friday in back-to-back screenings. Let me say that again: she pre-ordered tickets to see the same movie, on the same night, back-to-back. Now multiply my niece by a million or so screaming teenage girls, and you have yourself a record $72.7 million single-day box office record.
According to studio estimates, the Chris Weitz-directed “New Moon” used $26.3 million from Thursday’s Midnight showing to hit the record number, beating the previous record holder, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, which took a then-unheard of $67.2 million in one day just a scant year ago.
What’s next in “New Moon’s” sights? How about the $158.4 million 3-day record held by — you guessed it — “The Dark Knight”.