You can't keep a good vampire or werewolf down. Especially when they're so good-looking that swooning tweenagers dash to the theaters in droves to check 'em out. And probably more than once.

Summit Entertainment's 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' brought in boatloads of cash this past weekend. Even more than expected. Who knows what will happen this Thanksgiving weekend, when kids will be out of school for four days straight.
You can't keep a good vampire or werewolf down. Especially when they're so good-looking that swooning tweenagers dash to the theaters in droves to check 'em out. And probably more than once.

Summit Entertainment's 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' brought in boatloads of cash this past weekend. Even more than expected. Who knows what will happen this Thanksgiving weekend, when kids will be out of school for four days straight.

The original box office reports for the weekend indicated that 'New Moon' brought in $140.7 million domestically and $118.1 million overseas, but now those numbers have been updated.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the new global total for 'New Moon's' opening weekend is a whopping $274.9 million, split between the domestic take, now at $142.7 million, and international at $142.8 million. Evidently some of the global box office figures came in slower because of the variety of distributors handling the film.

'New Moon' has already enjoyed immense economic success and broken new records. It's single day domestic tally of $72.7 million on Friday broke the previous record of $67.2 million set by 'The Dark Knight' last year. While it ultimately did not best that Batman sequel's $158 million first weekend take, 'New Moon' nonetheless broke another record by snatching $26.3 million for midnight screenings, besting the $22.2 million tally by this past summer's 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.'

So far the movie has opened in 25 countries, which means more cash will be rolling in, or should we say sucked dry, from markets yet to feel its fangs.

Let this be a lesson to Hollywood. The first installment of 'The Twilight Saga''cost $37 million and earned $383.8 million globally. The sequel increased its budget to $50 million but still made its money back five times over on opening weekend. See? You don't have to spend $250 million on a movie to rake in massive amounts of cash. Just have a concept that clicks.

'New Moon' could stop making money tomorrow and would still be deemed a major success. But we know it'll keep chugging along for weeks to come.