Monday, July 05, 2010

'Eclipse' ebbs

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’’ is waning at the box office but still has gotten off to a blockbuster start with $161 million in its first five days, according to studio estimates yesterday. The third chapter in Summit Entertainment’s vampire romance fell off sharply after debuting Wednesday with $68.5 million. That was the second-best opening-day haul ever, behind its predecessor, last year’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,’’ which opened with $72.7 million. Summit estimates “Eclipse’’ will climb to around $181 million domestically by today. The weekend’s other new wide release, Paramount’s “The Last Airbender,’’ opened well with $40.7 million to finish at No. 2 for the three-day weekend. The movie took in $53.2 million since debuting Thursday. Disney’s animated smash “Toy Story 3,’’ which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends, slipped to third place with $30.2 million, raising its total to $289 million. (AP)


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