Larry at Pronetworks has updated us on yesterday’s box office total:
FRIDAY NUMBERS: Summit Entertainment has announced that The Twilight Saga: New Moon took in $72.7M from 4024 theaters on Friday, setting a new all-time single day box office record.
Friday’s number includes the previously reported all-time record $26.27M in midnight screenings. This one-day total is also not far below the $85M 3-day weekend estimate originally proffered by Summit and accepted by many industry insiders. Few expected the film to approach the $100M mark. My personal guess, which I made last Tuesday, was $110M. Based on the numbers already in, advance sales, and tracking polls, some are now predicting a $125M weekend. That wouldn’t top The Dark Knight’s $158.4M opening but would still be the biggest non-summer 3-day opening weekend of all time.
This opening day number far surpasses that for The Dark Knight, which took in $67.17M from 4366 theaters on July 18, 2008 (including $18.4M from midnights). That film’s take dropped 29.1% from Friday to Saturday to bring in another $47.65M, and ended with $43.6M on Sunday for an opening weekend total of $158.4M.
Yay! That’s amazing! We’re breaking lots of records!