Million-selling opening for vampire series finale

August 4, 2008 12:38:44 PM PDT
Harry Potter is still king, but the final book of a well-known teen vampire series did manage a million-selling debut.

"Breaking Dawn," the fourth of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, sold 1.3 million copies in the first 24 hours after its release over the weekend.

The publisher -- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers -- says it's going back for 500,000 more copies, making the total print run 3.7 million.

The numbers for "Breaking Dawn" are comparable to the openings of a pair of famous memoirs: former President Clinton's "My Life" and his wife's "Living History."

But they don't approach the unveiling of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours in the United States alone.

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