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'New Moon' mania around the world

  • "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" opened Friday
  • Enthusiastic fans have mobbed "Twilight" events from Japan to England to U.S.
  • Movies are based on vampire-themed novels by Stephenie Meyer

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" opened Friday and immediately ripped through a box office record.

According to Hollywood trade magazine Variety, "New Moon" had the biggest midnight showing in history, grossing $26.3 million when it opened in 3,514 theaters at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

It's the second installment in the "Twilight" series, starring Robert Pattinson as vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as his star-crossed love, and Taylor Lautner as the wolfboy who loves her.

Giddy fans attended previews and other "Twilight"-themed events in the weeks leading up to Friday's release.