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Record bite for ‘New Moon’: $72.7 million

Vampires and werewolves have vanquished a dark knight.

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" took in $72.7 million in its first day to break the single-day domestic box office record set by "The Dark Knight," which had a $67.2 million opening day last year.

The Friday haul for the "Twilight" sequel includes a record $26.3 million from midnight screenings alone.

If "New Moon" maintains its pace, it might have a shot at the all-time best opening weekend record of $158.4 million, also held by "The Dark Knight."

"New Moon" continues the story of teen romance between a girl and a vampire (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), with the sequel adding a love triangle with a teen werewolf (Taylor Lautner).

Its $26.3 million for midnight screening places the film at No. 1 on the all-time list of top box office grosses for that segment in domestic markets, said Summit Entertainment, the independent studio behind the film.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" made $22.2 million in midnight screenings when it was released this past July.