Twilight Snags Wed. Debut Record: $68.5M

But fails to topple New Moon's all-time best $72.7M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2010 12:16 PM CDT
Xavier Samuel in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Kimberley French)
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(Newser) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has broken another box-office record. The latest chapter in the vampire adventure took in $68.5 million in its first day, the best ever for a movie opening on a Wednesday. Eclipse surpassed the previous Wednesday record of $62 million set last year by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

But the movie fell short of the all-time best opening day, a record held by its predecessor, last November's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which pulled in $72.7 million. New Moon opened on a Friday, typically a busier day at theaters than weekdays. Eclipse opened in a record 4,416 theaters and expands to 4,468 cinemas tomorrow for the Fourth of July weekend, one of the biggest box-office weekends of the year. (Read more The Twilight Saga: Eclipse stories.)

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