‘Eclipse’ reaps $175 million over first six days; ‘Last Airbender’ grosses $70 million
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse couldn’t match the first six days of its predecessor, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but with $175 million in its coffers, the film still pulled off one of the biggest openings ever. (New Moonearned $178 million in its first six days.) Female audiences internationally swooned for the third installment of the popular series, which now boasts a worldwide gross of $275 million.
The Last Airbender performed incredibly well, grossing $70 million over its first five days. The PG-rated film from M. Night Shyamalan has its own rabid fan base that came out in droves despite dismal reviews. And the movie’s three-day weekend gross of $40 million marks the third highest for Shyamalan, behind Signs and The Village.
Toy Story 3, Grown Ups, and Knight and Day dominated the rest of the top five. Toy Story 3crossed the $300 million mark as expected, with a four-day gross of $42 million. It now stands as the second highest-grossing Pixar film. (It will surpass Finding Nemo shortly.)Grown Ups took in $26 million for the four days, bringing its cume to $85 million. Knight and Day generated $14 million for its second weekend in theaters. The Tom Cruise-starrer’s total take is hovering near $50 million. Hope the holiday was a good one. Til next week…
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