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Twilight Dominates with $70.5 Million

Fourth-biggest opening ever for the month of November

Summit Entertainment’s Twilight, an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel, dominated the box office earning an estimated $70.5 million from 3,419 theaters. The opening marks the fourth-biggest ever for the month of November, surpassing this month’s earlier releases Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa ($63.1 million) and Quantum of Solace ($67.5 million), plus 2004′s The Incredibles ($70.467 million), and trailing only the three “Harry Potter” movies that opened this month – “Chamber of Secrets” ($88.4 million), “Sorcerer’s Stone” ($90.3 million) and “Goblet of Fire” ($102.7 million).

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Melissa Rosenberg, the love story between a teenage girl and a vampire averaged an impressive $20,636 per location. The film, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Cam Cigandet, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene, was made for just $37 million.

Women accounted for three-quarters of the audience and 55 percent of viewers were under the age of 25, the studio said. With the strong opening of Twilight, Summit this morning officially announced the sequel, New Moon.

Source: Box Office Mojo