The New Moon box office was already record-setting, but there’s one record that the New Moon box office couldn’t set. Yet New Moon box office sales for this opening weekend look pretty good, if not at Dark Knight levels. After New Moon had the biggest opening day in history, hopes were briefly raised that it could go higher, and threaten The Dark Knight’s first weekend record. Ultimately it couldn’t, but New Moon box office still got up to a cool $140 million, according to early estimates.
Today’s totals are premature, as the actual box office numbers won’t be determined until tomorrow. But for the moment, New Moon has the third biggest box office opening of all time, with an estimated $140.7 million in three days. It is the biggest opening of all time for a non-superhero movie, as New Moon trails The Dark Knight’s $158 million, and Spider Man 3’s $151.
Out of those three films, only The Dark Knight had great reviews to go along with its money. The New Moon box office sales ultimately prove the worthlessness of critics, however, at least to Twilight fangirls and Edward and Jacob worshipers. It also proves the worthlessness of pundits, who first projected an opening weekend of between $80-90 million.
Everyone knew that the New Moon box office would be big, but not to this extent. This is the biggest opening of the year by far, with a holiday weekend still on the horizon. If the Twilight sequel doesn’t have a big dropoff in its second week, it could pose a threat to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as the most profitable film of 2009.
Either way, the New Moon box office sales almost surpassed the entire domestic gross of Twilight in one week. The original got to $190 million, and New Moon will probably be well past that in a few days. With Eclipse coming in late June, the Twilight saga isn’t even bothering to go away anytime soon.
Yet despite the dominance of New Moon at the box office, the rest of the competition wasn’t scraping for leftovers. The Blind Side brought in adults that didn’t have to take their daughters to New Moon, as the Sandra Bullock vehicle got $34.5 million for second place. 2012 finished third with a nearly 60% dropoff, as negative reviews seem to have taken their toll – something that New Moon wishes to avoid.
The official numbers will come in tomorrow, but the damage by Bella, Edward, Jacob and company has been done. To the delight of Twilight fanatics, and the anger of their enemies, the phenomenon has actually gotten even bigger.
Zap2it.com- “Twilight: New Moon mania rakes in $140 million opening weekend”
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