UPDATE: International figures came in bigger as well. New totals reflected below.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” had one of the biggest opening weekends in box-office history — and now that the official figures are in, the movie did even a little better than first estimated.
Final box-office figures for the weekend say “New Moon” took in $142.8 million, up a couple million bucks from the weekend estimates of $140.7 million. That’s more than double what “Twilight” made in its first three days a year ago ($69.6 million) and almost three-quarters of its predecessor’s total take domestically. It trails only “The Dark Knight” ($158.4 million) and “Spider-Man 3” ($151.1 million) for the best opening weekend ever.
“New Moon” took in another $132.1 million overseas, giving it a worldwide total of better than $274 million.
In other words, that’s really, really, really good.
The movie also led what will likely be the second-biggest overall weekend at the box office ever. All the movies in release from Friday to Sunday combined for a $258.6 million take, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor relations. That trails only the July weekend last year when “The Dark Knight” opened and the total box-office haul was a little above $260 million.
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