After breaking midnight record in its first day screening, "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" has topped the North American box office chart. This weekend, the "Twilight" sequel grossed $142.8 million domestically, making it the third biggest opening weekend of all time. Internationally, the film earned an approximately $118.1 million from 25 foreign markets.
Still, the amount raked by the second installment of the vampire drama movies from local theaters in the opening weekend was lower than the $158 million bowed by "The Dark Knight" and the $151 million summoned by 2007 "Spider-Man 3". Meanwhile, the third place initially belonged to "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" with $136 million.
Though so, "New Moon" has surpassed the previous November opening record for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" which collected $101.4 million in its debut weekend. Moreover, it gathered almost exactly twice the opening weekend gross of the first film, "Twilight", which earned only $69.6 million in its first weekend almost a year ago.
Also blasting on this weekend box office was "The Blind Side", a drama movie starring Sandra Bullock, with $34.1 million intake. Last week champion "2012 (2009)", meanwhile, only managed a second-place finish with $26.4 million haul.
Another newcomer, "Planet 51", earned fourth place with $12.3 million. Following the animated movie was "A Christmas Carol (2009)". The Jim Carrey's holiday movie took in $12.3 million in its third week.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for November 20-22: