Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Moon Breaks NZ Records!

Twilight: New Moon NZ's biggest opening weekend ever.

Kiwi Twilight fans have helped the vampire romance franchise into New Zealand box office history by giving the latest film the largest opening weekend ever.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon knocked previous record holder The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King off the top spot with a mammoth NZ$2,641,109 haul during its first four days of screening nationwide.
"We are absolutely thrilled with the result," says Elizabeth Trotman, general manager of the film's New Zealand distributor Hoyts.

"We knew it was going to be big, but we had no idea it would be the biggest opening weekend of all time. Especially considering it opened outside of school holidays, this is an exceptional result.
"The fans have responded really well to New Moon and a lot of theatres have told us some have been to see the movie multiple times over the weekend."

New Moon placed third on the all-time North American box office opening weekend chart with US$140.7 million. The top two spots there are last year's US$158.4 million Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight and 2007's US$151.1 million haul for Spider-Man 3.

The all-time top five opening weekends at the New Zealand box office are as follows:

  1. Twilight Saga: New Moon - $2,641,409
  2. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - $2,609,992
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $2,405,040
  4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $2,403,515
  5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - $2,290,584
 By Daniel Rutledge

Link: [3news

Pretty cool huh? I know that New Moon has broken worldwide records, but this news is just a bit closer to home for me. Pretty amazing to see the fandom taking over globally!

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