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‘New Moon’ smashes ‘Harry Potter’ midnight ticket sales record

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The vampires have beat the boy wizard.

According to four people close to the movie, ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ sold more than $22.2 million worth of tickets in midnight shows last night, beating a record set this summer by ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’

Two people close to the picture said the exact gross, which is still being calculated by Summit Entertainment, could be as high as $26 million.

In addition, one person with access to ticket sales data said the original ‘Twilight,’ which was re-released in theaters last night, collected $1.2 million from rabid fans who turned out.

Morning ticket sales for ‘New Moon’ are also huge, according to the person, already totaling $13.9 million. That’s a clear sign the sequel is on track for a massive Friday at the box office.

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Summit is expected to release official estimates soon.

Update (10:45 AM): Summit’s official estimate for midnight ticket sales is $26.27 million. Its official estimate for the gross of the original ‘Twilight’ last night is $1.3 million.

Update (7 PM): ‘New Moon’ is poised to have the biggest day ever at the domestic box office. Details here.

-- Ben Fritz and Claudia Eller


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