New Moon Has Third-Biggest Opening Weekend in Film History

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon has had the third-biggest opening weekend in film history.

According to box office totals released Sunday, the vampire romance starring Rob Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart grossed a stellar $140.7 million during its first weekend in theaters, earning $72.7 million on its Friday opening day alone.

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"I dare say in all the office pools, I don't think anyone had near this top gross," Summit Entertainment distribution president Richie Fay said.

New Moon, the second installment in Summit's Twilight Saga, also holds the record for most advance ticket sales. A reported 80% of all ticket buyers were women.

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Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight remains the top-grossing weekend box office earner, taking in $158.4 million during its first outing in 2008. Spider-Man 3 stays in second place, earning $151.1 million out of the gate in 2007.

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New Moon's opening weekend even trounced its predecessor's box office totals.

Twilight earned $36 million on Nov. 21, 2008 and posted a three-day weekend take of $69.6 million.

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