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'New Moon' midnight shows break box-office records

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Summit Entertainment is howling with delight. The Twilight Saga: New Moon has set a new record for opening midnight shows, earning an estimated $26.3 million. The figure passes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘s midnight take of $22.2 million this past summer. Screening in 3,514 theaters, the film grossed a per-theater average of $7,476. And if that’s not enough, Summit’s one-night re-issue of Twilight last night earned $1.3 million in 2,057 theaters. It’s a remarkable figure considering the movie screened only at 9 p.m. Thursday night. It’s safe to say the Chris Weitz-directed film is going to be a monster hit this weekend.

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