'New Moon' number one around the world, breaks records

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The third highest grossing movie in Hollywood history, The Twilight Saga: New Moon won the highest opening day score with $67.2 million, the film's studio Summit Entertainment reported.

Though the weekend records remain with the cartoon superheroes, The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3's second-place position, New Moon broke records for midnight showings and November openings.

The percentage of males seeing the film increased from 17 percent with the first Twilight to 20 percent with the sequel. Also, not just a teen movie, 50 percent of the audience was over age 21. It doubled Twilight's opening weekend last year.

Internationally, New Moon grossed $118.1 million, bringing its three-day, worldwide total to $258 million.

The studio Summit Entertaining reported that New Moon was the number one grossing opening movie in many markets outside the US, beating Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the previous top performer at the box office or coming close.

It was number one in Argentina, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Holland, and France, where it earned $17 million since last Wednesday, November 18. Also, it's expected to be the biggest at the box office in the Philippines.

In its largest grossing international market, the UK, New Moon was the number two opening film behind Quantum of Solace.

The second installment of the romantic teen vampire hit of 2008, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, earned its $50 million budget back on Friday.