Canuck record for 'New Moon' tickets

$1.43 mil in advance ticket sales breaks 'Twilight' record

TORONTO -- Canadian cinema chain Cineplex Entertainment said advance ticket sales for Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" have reached a record CAN$1.5 million ($1.43 million).

That breaks the previous high-water mark of CAN$1 million posted last year by the original "Twilight" film, and before that held by Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

The Summit picture, released in Canada by E1 Entertainment, is set to bow this Friday on 600 screens countrywide.

The "Twilight" franchise comes to E1 Entertainment via a three-year, multiterritory distribution agreement inked in September 2007.