×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘New Moon’ takes opening day record

Makes $72.7 million, beating 'Dark Knight'

Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” tore up the box office record for best opening day, grabbing the title away from Warner Bros. “The Dark Knight,” and earning a spectacular $72.7 million yesterday at 4,024 theaters.

An exceptional feat for a film playing outside the summer frame.

There were an array of estimates being reported on the internet about how high the first day of “New Moon” actually was. This morning’s figure is Summit’s official Friday estimate.

“Dark Knight” had minted $67.2 million from 4,366 runs on July 18, 2008 before making a three-day opening weekend of $158.4 million.

Fueling the Friday B.O. for “New Moon” were midnight shows in 3,514 venues which drew a record-breaking $26.3 million for the time slot.

The opening day for “New Moon” posted more than a 100% gain over the first Friday of “Twilight” which made $36 million a year ago and a three-day weekend of $69.6 million.

For a franchise that has clearly targeted females, “New Moon’s” first day is so exceptional that it’s probable that the film played beyond its core crowd to males. However, Summit plans to release the pic’s moviegoing demos, as well as international results, in its three-day estimate report tomorrow. Ever since the first installment finished its play in theaters, the production of “New Moon” has garnered non-stop headlines on glossy covers and fansites with the media savoring details on the film as well as its cast members Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Capitalizing on those older women who might have been shut out of “New Moon” as well as male football fans who might be sidestepping the vampire pic, Warner Bros. benefitted from its counterprogramming of Sandra Bullock drama “The Blind Side.” With a moviegoer make-up of 59% female and 41% male, the football drama about rookie Baltimore Ravens player Michael Oher posted $10.9 million off 3,110 – the second best ever for a Bullock headliner following her record opening day of “The Proposal” this summer with $12.7 million.

Sony’s Roland Emmerich disaster pic “2012” fell 65% in its second Friday to third with $8.1 million off 3,408. Pic’s domestic cume stands at close to $90 million with a worldwide total north of $313 million. “2012” looks to zip past the $400 million global B.O. mark by tomorrow.

In its third Friday, Lionsgate’s “Precious: Based on the story ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” at play in under 1,000 engagements, continued to draw heavy traffic. “Precious” took fourth with an estimated $3.5 million, repping an uptick of 85% thanks to its expansion from 174 to 629 sites. To date, the domestic B.O. for “Precious” stands at $13.9 million.

Catering to moppets on Thanksgiving break, Sony’s animated entry “Planet 51” landed in fifth with $3.2 million off 3,035. Featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long and Gary Oldman, “Planet 51” touts a comical “E.T.”-in-reverse story whereby a U.S. astronaut lands on an alien planet and urgently needs to get home. Pic is an acquisition from Spanish producers Ilion Animation.

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” stayed afloat, declining 47% at the onset of its third sesh with $3 million off 3,578 and running B.O. of $70.6 million in sixth place.

Arthouse theater averages continued to be bountiful yesterday with Sony Pictures Classics’ Pedro Almodovar romance drama “Broken Embraces” starring Penelope Cruz earning $16,816 or $34,000 off two Gotham engagements.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” also minted a hearty per site of $13,103 in its second Friday for $52,000 off four Gotham and Los Angeles playdates. Through eight days, “Mr. Fox” counts a total domestic take of $410,536. The studio is scheduled to up the film’s theater count on Wednesday.

First Look’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” grossed $74,000 from 27 for a theater average of $2,740. The crime-drama, starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes and directed by Werner Herzog, is a sequel to the Abel Ferrara graphic cult 1992 pic which made $2 million stateside.

More Film

  • Idris Elba Netflix 'Turn Up Charlie'

    Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in 'Mouse Guard'

    Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing. Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, [...]

  • Zac Efron Amanda Seyfried

    Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film as Fred and Daphne

    Zac Efron has signed on to voice Fred Jones while Amanda Seyfried will voice Daphne Blake in Warner Bros.’ animated Scooby-Doo feature film “Scoob.” It was revealed earlier this month that Will Forte had been set to voice Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, while Gina Rodriguez would be voicing Velma Dinkley. The mystery-solving teens and their talking [...]

  • 'Staff Only' Review: Cultures And Values

    Film Review: 'Staff Only'

    Marta (Elena Andrada) is 17, from Barcelona and alternately bored and mortified to be on a Christmas vacation to Senegal with her estranged dad, Manel (Sergi López), and annoying little brother, Bruno (Ian Samsó). For her, the freedoms of imminent adulthood, such as the occasional poolside mojito, are tantalizing close but still technically forbidden, rather [...]

  • Rocketman

    Candid 'Rocketman' Dares to Show Elton John as 'Vulnerable,' 'Damaged,' 'Ugly'

    Elton John movie “Rocketman” dares to portray the singer’s personality early in his career to have been, at times, “ugly,” Taron Egerton – who plays the pop star – told an audience at London’s Abbey Road Studios Friday, following a screening of 15 minutes of footage from the film. It is a candid portrayal, showing [...]

  • Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck's Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

    Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18. The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of [...]

  • Jordan Peele'Us' film premiere, Arrivals, New

    Jordan Peele Explains the Meaning Behind the 'Us' Michael Jackson Reference

    Jordan Peele’s horror movie “Us” is filled with pop culture references, from “Jaws” to “Goonies.” But the most divisive might be right in his opening sequence. Warning, minor spoilers ahead. The movie about a couple (played by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) and their children being hunted and brutalized by a mysterious family that looks just [...]

  • Swiss Film Award Winners Led By

    ‘Those Who Work,’ ‘Chris the Swiss’ Top 2019 Swiss Film Awards

    Two debut features in writer-director Antoine Russbach’s “Those Who Work” and Anja Kofmel’s animated documentary “Chris the Swiss,” were the big winners at Friday night’s Swiss Film Awards, notching three plaudits each. Sold by Be For Films, “Those Who Work,” stars Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet, who has appeared in every single film by Jean-Pierre and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content