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

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

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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