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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, "" 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 "" and besting over -voicing animation "".

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 "" collected $8.6 million in March. On the overall scale, the and -starring movie has landed on the fourth slot for 2008 biggest premiere, better than "Quantum", "" and "" 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 "" and the $70.5 million debut of "". 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 "".

Putting "Twilight" aside, "Quantum" has fallen to the second place at the chart. With a 60.4% drop in sales, the -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 as the voice actor for the titular character collects $26.2 million over the weekend.

Rounding up the top five are "" and "" in respective orders. While the sequel to comedy animation "" 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' "" 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. "" - $69.6 million
  2. "" - $26.7 million
  3. "" - $26.2 million
  4. "" - $15.7 million
  5. "" - $7.3 million
  6. "" - $2.7 million
  7. "" - $2 million
  8. "" - $1.64 million
  9. "" - $1.61 million
  10. "" - $1.3 million

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