New Moon‘s opening weekend has earned it a place in entertainment history. EW’s Box Office Report is reporting that New Moon grossed an estimated $140.7 million at the box office this weekend and is now “the biggest autumn opening weekend in history and the third biggest three-day debut ever.” And New Moon is ranked third in overall opening weekend rankings, just behind The Dark Knight and Spider Man 3.
And just for fun, and because it sorta blew my mind once I started looking at it, here is a comparison of Twilight and New Moon opening weekends by the numbers:
Twilight – $7 million
New Moon – $26.2 million
Twilight – $35.7 million
New Moon – $72.7 million
Twilight (US & Canada) – $69.7 million (3,419 theaters)
New Moon (US & Canada) – $140.7 million (4,024 theaters)
Worldwide estimates are that New Moon‘s opening weekend box office totals are around $258.8 million. Twilight‘s total worldwide gross was $383.5 million. In one weekend, New Moon has brought in over 67% of Twilight‘s total box office sales.
And keep in mind, Twilight‘s opening weekend accounted for 36% of it’s total sales, if that trend continues New Moon could be on it’s way to grossing over $300 million domestically (Twilight‘s domestic total was $192.7), not to mention the worldwide totals added in there.
Where the heck is the bug eyed smilie when I need it??