"New Moon" final weekend box office hits $142.8 million

Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:42pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Final box office figures for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" showed the movie's ticket sales rising to $142.8 million from an estimated $140.7 million last weekend, the studio behind the film said on Monday.

"New Moon" opened on Friday as a sequel to last year's "Twilight." It enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of 2009 and placed third for the top opening weekend ever behind last year's Batman movie "The Dark Knight" ($158 million) and 2007's "Spider-Man 3" ($151 million).

"New Moon" also set a record on Friday for box office results from midnight screenings, with $26.3 million.

The film is from independent studio Summit Entertainment.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

 
<p>Actor Robert Pattinson, star of the new film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" poses at the film's Los Angeles premiere November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>