One box office record has fallen, but another remains. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” took off for a massive $68.5 million start on Wednesday. That figure breaks the previous Wednesday record-holder, last year’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which made $62 million, but falls short of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s” single day record of $72 million set this past November. It did however, also break the single-day summer record set by “The Dark Knight” in 2008 ($67.2 million).
“Eclipse” will next try to break the 3, 4, 5 and 6-day records set by “The Dark Knight” for total box office on its amazing run. The vampire sequel’s best chance is with the $203.7 million 5-day tally “Transformers 2” came within $3 million of reaching. The 6-day mark is $222.1 million, but didn’t include the July 4th holiday which usually finds moviegoers skipping the theater for BBQ’s and fireworks displays.
Challenging “Eclipse” will be the still popular “Toy Story 3” and the debut of M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender.”
Look for continuing coverage of the holiday weekend box office on HitFix.