'New Moon' ringing up millions overseas

Australia, France, Italy report 'Twilight' sequel's boxoffice

Summit's "New Moon" has begun to shine on theaters worldwide.

While the vampire vs. werewolf triangle isn't scheduled to open in U.S. locales until midnight Thursday, its international rollout has begun.

Summit reported Thursday afternoon that at midnight showings on 466 screens in Australia, the movie took in AUS$1.7 million ($1.6 million). It sailed past the previous Australian midnight record set by "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," which took in AUS$1.26 million ($1.2 million) in 2005.
In France, where "Moon" completed its first day, it was No. 1 with 488,000 admissions, translating to $4.26 million, from 751 theaters. By comparison, "Twilight" scored 140,960 admissions, $1.158 million, on its first day in that country.

In Italy, partial returns put the movie's gross at €$1.83 million ($2.7 million) from 625 screens. The movie is shaping up as the third-highest Wednesday opener in Italy, behind only "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Meanwhile in Spain, "Moon" drew €1.475 million ($2.2 million) on 652 screens. In Spain, it also ranked as the third-best Wednesday opening ever -- behind "Order of the Phoenix" and "Half-Blood Prince."