Twilight saga's newest installment set to bring in box office bank

The latest installment in the "Twilight" saga, "Eclipse," has already broken one record and is expected to be the widest domestic release in box office history.

"Eclipse," which opens today, is booked into 4,416 theaters throughout the United States. That beats the previous record set by  "Iron Man 2," which opened in 4,380 theaters just two months ago.

Some theaters have planned for the expected rush of Twi-hards, eager to see the film, by scheduling midnight and 3 a.m. showings, as fans line up for the movie.

Last year's "New Moon," the second installment in the series, leads the box office charts for best opening day with $72.7 million. The movie's opening weekend tally of $142.8 million is No. 3 on the all-time chart.

The fervor that has surrounded this week's opening has been compared to that which surrounded the Beatles when they first landed in the U.S. in the 1960s. Hard-core "Twilight" fans have been camped out for days to see the new film, based on the third book in Stephenie Meyers' s popular teen vampire series.
 

Published Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:21 AM by bulldog
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