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"New Moon" breaks midnight record at box offices

 Actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner pose during a photocall to promote their latest film 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' in Madrid, November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vampire romance movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" raked in $26.3 million at North American box offices in midnight showings, breaking the record set by "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," studio officials said on Friday.

Box office analysts expect the widely-anticipated "New Moon" to make around $100 million in its opening weekend, Friday through Sunday, including the midnight screenings.

The $26.3 million places the film at No. 1 on the all-time list of top box office grosses for midnight screenings in domestic markets, said Summit Entertainment, the independent studio behind the film.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" made $22.2 million in midnight screenings when it was released this past July.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Sandra Maler)

 
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