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Box Office Breakdown: A Bloody Good Weekend for Twilight

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Although Disney features typically find a place at the top of the pack, the studio’s cute puppy was outmatched by a hot vampire this weekend. After pulling in $35.9 million on Friday ($7 million of which was earned at midnight), went on to suck up nearly $70 million in total. The film’s first day take alone was enough for Summit Entertainment to immediately greenlight a sequel. (A script for New Moon had already been in the works.)

The Stephenie Meyers adaptation - which was originally slated to premiere on December 12 - undoubtedly owes Warner Bros. partial credit for its success. Had the studio not chosen to move until next year, Twilight would most likely have debuted in fewer theaters. The Catherine Hardwicke film also wouldn’t have become the highest opener ever for a female director. (Deep Impact, helmed by Mimi Leder, took home $41.2 million in 1998.)

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Meanwhile, - another film aimed at a younger audience - pulled in a surprising $26.2 million this weekend. That was only enough for a third place finish. Despite great reviews (and Miley Cyrus’ name in the billing), the animated comedy came nowhere near Madagascar 2‘s recent $63.1 million debut.

  1. Twilight, Summit Entertainment, $69,637,740 (avg. $20,368)
  2. Quantum of Solace, Sony/MGM, $26,707,945 (avg. $7723)
  3. Bolt, Disney, $26,223,128 (avg. $7182)
  4. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Dreamworks/Paramount, $15,661,936 (avg. $3909)
  5. Role Models, Universal, $7,324,445 (avg. $2680)
  6. Changeling, Universal, $2,695,450 (avg. $1550)
  7. High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Disney, $2,049,144 (avg. $868)
  8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Miramax, $1,647,514 (avg. $4058)
  9. Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Weinstein Company, $1,605,579 (avg. $1316)
  10. The Secret Life of Bees, Fox Searchlight, $1,264,991 (avg. $1155)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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Looks like Twilight will get a movie sequel.

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