Eclipse, A Record Breaker that Comes Up Short

On Wednesday, the latest Twilight entry, Eclipse, racked up an estimated $68.5 million in ticket sales in the U.S. A very impressive figure, but it failed to eclipse the opening-day domestic box-office record set by franchise predecessor The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Midnight screenings of Eclipse featured more than $30 million in grosses from 4,000-plus theaters. While the midnight screenings shattered the previous record held by New Moon ($26.3 million), the film came up a few million short of New Moon‘s opening day record of $72.7 million.

In addition to breaking records for midnight screenings, Eclipse also became the highest grossing Wednesday release on record, surpassing Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen‘s $62 million. It is also the top-grossing summer day ever, besting The Dark Knight‘s $67.2 million. Playing on an unprecedented 8,000 screens at 4,416 locations I can see why.

When New Moon was released last November, it earned an impressive $142.8 million for its first weekend.

Estimates have Eclipse earning more than $150 million through the fourth of July holiday weekend. If it does indeed make more than $150 million the movie will have obliterated the record set by Spider-Man 2‘s record of $88 million.

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