'New Moon': How Do The Second Week's Soaring Box Office Numbers Stack Up In History?

FROM MTV.COM: Last Monday, the movie world was abuzz with talk of the "New Moon" box-office haul: $142.8 million domestically, when the final numbers came in — giving the "Twilight" sequel the third-biggest opening weekend ever.

Did that huge number presage box-office immortality for "New Moon"? Would the vampires and werewolves have enough staying power to rise to the level of the highest-grossing films in history, like "Titanic" and "The Dark Knight"? Last week, we suggested that the key to answering these questions would come after the second weekend. Now the numbers are in: $42.5 million from Friday through Sunday and $66 million when you factor in the entire five-day Thanksgiving holiday. What have we learned? With the indispensible help of BoxOfficeMojo.com, let's take a look.

"New Moon" vs. "Twilight"

Sometime last Friday, after barely a week in theaters, "New Moon" passed the $192.8 million total gross of "Twilight," the first film in the franchise, which stayed in theaters for 21 weeks. Needless to say, that's a staggering improvement. Yet "Twilight" beat out "New Moon" by one integral metric: total percentage drop from first week to second week. "Twilight" dropped 62 percent after its first week. "New Moon" dropped 70 percent. That 10 percent difference is noteworthy. While "New Moon" out-grossed "Twilight" by $73 million over the first week, the sequel outdid the original by only $16 million over the second weekend.

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