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America’s Teens Break Curfew in Record Numbers for New Moon Debut

While no one quite knows exactly how much money New Moon took in during its 12:01 a.m. screenings last night, everyone is acknowledging that it almost certainly broke the midnight-screenings record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this July. Vulture buddy Nikki Finke's sources are telling her that it made $23–$24 million last night, while the Los Angeles Times is saying that it raked in between $22.2 and $26 million. Either way, that's a lot of babysitting money that just got pumped back into the economy. UPDATE: Finke deleted her previous estimate that we quoted earlier, but now it turns out that the film grossed $26.27 million last night. [DHD, Company Town/LAT]

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