Sunday, July 04, 2010
New “Twilight” Movie Eclipses Box Office Competitors
The most recent “Twilight” film sailed over the $100 million tag during its third day at the North American box office, and was predicted to deal with a record-breaking $200 million by the end of the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend, based on quotes released on Saturday.
“The Twilight Saga: The Eclipse,” the excitedly envisioned third installment in the vampire love series, sold about $121.4 million worth of tickets from Wednesday to Friday, stated distributor Summit Entertainment.
For the conventional Friday-Sunday part, the privately owned studio predicted sales of $80.2 million, and a four-day total of $106.1 million with addition of the Monday holiday. That would take its six-day run to $198.9 million.
The record for an Independence Day launch is presented by “Spider-Man 2,” which gained $180 million in its first six days in 2004, having also opened on a Wednesday.
As for the other movies in the “Twilight” series, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” gained $179 million in its first six days during a nonholiday time in November. A year before, the six-day haul for the first movie, “Twilight,” was $88 million.
The actual weekend sales sum for the new movie could change largely when further quotes are issued on Sunday and Monday. Studios sometimes make a mistake on the traditional side when issuing estimations. Ultimate data will be unveiled on Tuesday.
If primary quotes hold, “Eclipse” would rank No. 3 among all-time six-day openers, behind “The Dark Knight” ($222 million) and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” ($215 million), based on Box Office Mojo.
The movie orbits about the love between teen Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson ), as werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) attempts to take her heart away. Critics loved the movie more than they did the first two, based on Web site Rotten Tomatoes.
The family movie “The Last Airbender” from “Sixth Sense” director M. Night Shyamalan was another new launch. The two-day total for the Thursday launch was $32.95 million, stated distributor Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.
After two weeks at No. 1, the Pixar cartoon “Toy Story 3″ was predicted to fall to No. 3 for the weekend. It gained $10.5 million on Friday — vs. $28.6 million for “Eclipse” and $16.6 million for “Last Airbender” — taking its North American total to $269.3 million, stated Pixar parent Walt Disney Co.