The L.A. Times had the following to report about how much New Moon has made (third best weekend opening of all time):
Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” sold an astounding $140.7 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, according to studio estimates, blowing away already huge expectations and giving the teen vampire saga the third-biggest domestic debut of all time.
In the 25 foreign countries where “New Moon” launched, it added an extra $118.1 million, giving it a mind-bending worldwide total of $258.8 million. That’s the seventh-biggest worldwide launch of all time and is particularly notable given that several international markets where the first “Twilight” performed very well, including Germany, South Korea and Russia, haven’t gotten the film yet. [Updated 9:21 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that the worldwide ticket sales total was $248.8 million.]
The domestic debut is the biggest, by a margin of $38 million, for a film opening outside of the summer movie season, between May and July, when the biggest tentpoles traditionally launch. The No. 1 opener of all time is “The Dark Knight,” which opened to $158.4 million in July 2008, followed by “Spider-Man 3,” which started with $151.1 million in May of 2007.
The first “Twilight” collected $385 million worldwide.