Critics whine, but New Moon outdraws Dark Knight

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Take that, critics, part two: The Twilight Saga: New Moon set a new midnight opening record with $26.27 million from 3,514 theaters last night, surpassing the opening nights of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($22.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($18.4 million), Summit Entertainment reported.

The Dark Knight!

This, despite lukewarm-to-downright-awful reviews: The sequel ranked a measly 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes "Tomatometer," and here is a sampling of the critical reaction:

"If the first instalment of The Twilight Saga was a celebration of teenage sulkiness, then this sequel positively drowns in it." —Digital Spy

"Memo to director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg: Just because you make a movie about vampires doesn't mean you suck the life out of your story." —Christian Science Monitor

"Considering it's about vampires, it's ironic the whole affair is mostly bloodless and decidedly toothless." —Channel 4 Film

Or our personal favorite:

"The characters in this movie should be arrested for loitering with intent to moan." —Roger Ebert

Our own reviewer was a bit more generous, saying it's better than the first installment.

But The Dark Knight??

Summit is, of course, holding out hope that the movie, based on the second of Stephenie Meyers' best-selling books, will outdraw the Batman sequel over all. That remains to be seen.

What did you think of New Moon?

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