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'New Moon' shines in France, Spain

November 20, 2009

PARIS -- “New Moon” is already glowing in Europe, auguring well for its U.S. bow Friday.

Released in France and Spain Wednesday, the "Twilight" sequel had exhibs howling with joy.

In Gaul, “New Moon” grossed Euros2.9 million ($4.35 million) from 488,133 admissions and 751 prints on its opening day.

“It’s way beyond our most optimistic predictions,” said Olivier Lebraud, marketing and promotion topper at SND, the French distributor. “We were worried to open right after the tsunami created by ‘2012,’ but in fact ‘Twilight 2’ worked very well across France, even in mid- and small-sized cities.” Read More