New Moon teaser Poster, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart

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As a PG-rated Robin might cry, "Holy crap, Batman!"

New Moon smashed The Dark Knight's single-day and opening-day box-office records with an estimated $72.7 million Friday, its studio reported today.

If the movie's unprecedented midnight business was "absolutely freakish," then its unprecedented full-day take was simply phenomenal.

"It doubled the opening day of the first movie—and Twilight was no slouch itself," Box Office Mojo's Brandon Gray said. "It's just sensational."

With New Moon having already eclipsed its $50 million budget, two of Dark Knight's showiest records, and Twilight's entire opening-weekend gross, about the only question left is: How high can this thing go?

Batman, for one, will be happy to learn that New Moon probably won't beat Dark Knight's ultimate speed record: the 2008 film's $158.4 million opening weekend. Gray guessed New Moon will end up with a $140 million Friday-Sunday.

At this point, though, it's dangerous to guess what the movie might, or might not, do next.

Earlier in the week, the wolf-enhanced vampire adventure was expected to score a big $80 million opening weekend. Then a bigger $100 million looked more like it. By yesterday, after its $26.3 million midnight record, Exhibitor Relations was calling for a gigantic $125 million-$130 million.


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