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'Twilight' Sucks Up Gold at the North American Box Office

November 24, 2008, 2:37 am GMT

Kicking off 'Quantum of Solace' from the box office reign, 'Twilight' easily won the weekend with a blockbuster debut, landing itself on the fourth biggest opening of 2008.

Proven to be one of the much awaited movies in 2008, "Twilight" has taken a giant bite out of the North American box office. Screened in about 3,419 theaters across the U.S. over the three-day weekend, the romantic vampire drama sells $69.6 million, dethroning James Bond's 22nd movie "Quantum of Solace" and besting over Miley Cyrus-voicing animation "Bolt".

Drawing in a huge number of teenage girls, the Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel adaptation has made an impressive $20,636 per theater, according to Sunday morning estimates. With the huge opening bow, this Catherine Hardwicke's film has etched a new record as biggest opening ever for a female director, overshadowing the $41.1 million previous record set by Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact" in 1998.

"Twilight" has also become the biggest debut for Summit Entertainment, whose previous best was when "Never Back Down" collected $8.6 million in March. On the overall scale, the Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson-starring movie has landed on the fourth slot for 2008 biggest premiere, better than "Quantum", "Wall-E" and "Hancock" to name a few.

The movie about the 'breaking barriers' romance between human and vampire has also become among the best first-weekend bow of all time, behind the $70.9 million opening of "300" and the $70.5 million debut of "Transformers". What makes it even better of the top highest opening movies of all time, it is one of the films made with a budget of under $100 million, beside "The Passion of the Christ".

Putting "Twilight" aside, "Quantum" has fallen to the second place at the chart. With a 60.4% drop in sales, the Daniel Craig-starring Bond movie hauls in $26.7 million, less than half of its North American opening. Hot on the Marc Forster-directed action movie's heel is "Bolt". The Walt Disney Pictures animation that features John Travolta as the voice actor for the titular character collects $26.2 million over the weekend.

Rounding up the top five are "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and "Role Models" in respective orders. While the sequel to comedy animation "Madagascar" has brought in another $ 15.7 million to the total of $137.1 million, the David Wain-directed "Role Models" rakes in $7.3 million. Additionally, Miramax Films' "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" has shot out eleven spots to the eight position with $1.6 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for November 21-23, 2008:

  1. "Twilight" - $69.6 million
  2. "Quantum of Solace" - $26.7 million
  3. "Bolt" - $26.2 million
  4. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" - $15.7 million
  5. "Role Models" - $7.3 million
  6. "Changeling" - $2.7 million
  7. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" - $2 million
  8. "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" - $1.64 million
  9. "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" - $1.61 million
  10. "The Secret Life of Bees" - $1.3 million


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