'Eclipse' Tops Fourth of July Box Office, Has Slower Start Than 'New Moon'

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

Despite the strong opening weekend haul, this third 'Twilight' film does not surpass the first five days gross collected by its predecessor.
"The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" is a new champion at North American Box Office. The highly-anticipated movie rakes in $69 million on its first weekend, knocking out "Toy Story 3" which had sat on the position for two straight weeks.

Since it was debuted on June 30, "Eclipse" has grossed $161 million as of Sunday, July 4. The number, however, is lower than the $165 million made by "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" over its first five days in November 2009.

Regarding this, Summit Entertainment claims "the Saturday forecast was simply a rough estimate, and it was not too concerned about 'Eclipse' getting off to a slower start than 'New Moon'," The Hollywood Reporter reports. Richie Fay, the studio's president of domestic theatrical distribution, even predicts strong midweek sales, saying "I think it has a ways to go before we can say it's falling short."

On number two of the chart, there is "The Last Airbender". Despite the poor review, the M. Night Shyamalan-directed action sci-fi which is released in 3-D manages to pull in $40.5 million over the three-day weekend period. Previous champion "Toy Story 3" drops two places to the third with an additional $30.2 million cume.

"Grown Ups" follows on the fourth spot with $19.1 million gross, dropping about 52.8% from its opening weekend revenue. Meanwhile, "Knight & Day" which is deemed the least successful movie starring Tom Cruise adds $10.4 million to its domestic gross, making it land on the fifth place.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for June 25-27:
  1. "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" - $69 million
  2. "The Last Airbender" - $40.5 million
  3. "Toy Story 3" - $30.2 million
  4. "Grown Ups" - $19.1 million
  5. "Knight & Day" - $10.4 million
  6. "The Karate Kid" - $8.1 million
  7. "The A-Team" - $3.2 million
  8. "Get Him to the Greek" - $1.2 million
  9. "Shrek Forever After" - $0.8 million
  10. "Cyrus" - $0.77 million

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