The Twilight Saga: New Moon took a major bite out of the weekend box office, earning $140.7 million domestically. The opening is the third biggest ever in movie history and places New Moon just behind Spiderman 3 ($151.1 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million). The much anticipated sequel did, however, set a new record for opening-day business.
New Moon also made a killing overseas to the tune of $118.1 million, where it played in 25 territories. Back in the States, repeat business has already been reported and is expected to continue through the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend.
Eclipse, the third installment in the series, is slated for a June 2010 release.
Warner Bros. supernatural-western Jonah Hex is currently in post production.
Originally introduced in 1977 by DC Comics, Jonah Hex is a former Confederacy officer turned outlaw bounty hunter. The film, directed by Jimmy Hayward, finds Hex hired by the U.S. military to stop a diabolical madman and his army of evil in exchange for his freedom.
Tentatively scheduled for a June 2010 release, Hex stars Josh Brolin (Grindhouse) as the facially disfigured antihero, John Malkovich (Mutant Chronicles, Beowulf) as his nemesis Quenten Tumbull, and Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body, Transformers) as bordello babe Leila.
Fox described her character during a press conference at this year’s Comic Con as:
The love interest I guess you could call it, but not very conventional. Leila is this prostitute that Jonah Hex has been visiting for years. They have a special relationship. He doesn’t want to allow her to get to close to him because everyone that he loves dies. She doesn’t really understand that concept, so she’s part of this push and pull sort of situation.
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