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'New Moon' leads Aus box office

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'New Moon' leads Aus box office
New Moon has topped the Australian box office on its debut weekend with $16 million in ticket sales.

The vampire romance, led by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, breaks the opening record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earlier this year.

2012 slips a place on its second week of release, while A Christmas Carol holds on to the number three spot. Rounding out the top five is The Time Traveller's Wife and Clive Owen's The Boys Are Back.

Elsewhere, new Coen brothers movie A Serious Man enters at number eight.

The box office top ten in full (figures in Australian dollars):

1. (-) The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $16,099,648
2. (1) 2012 - $3,618,296
3. (3) A Christmas Carol - $776,423
4. (2) The Time Traveller's Wife - $582,362
5. (5) The Boys Are Back - $404,101
6. (4) This Is It - $327,095
7. (6) Mao's Last Dancer - $269,983
8. (-) A Serious Man - $243,253
9. (7) Couples Retreat - $177,884
10. (8) Amelia - $127,237

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