New Moon wins box office
To say that 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' exceeded expectations at the box office this weekend is like saying Secretariat ran away from the field in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Yeah, he ran away ... by 31 lengths! And that's about the distance between 'New Moon' and 'The Blind Side,' the weekend's surprising runner-up.

'New Moon' sold an estimated $140 million worth of tickets since its midnight showings Thursday and its last screenings Sunday night, making it the third-best opening for one movie, behind 'The Dark Knight' ($158.4 million) and 'Spider-Man 3' ($151.1 mil). The most optimistic forecasts had 'New Moon' grossing just north of $100 million. Instead, on Friday it broke the record for single-day box office take, with $72.7 mil, pushing previous single-day champ 'The Dark Knight' from its top spot.