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'Twilight Saga's Eclipse' Sets New Midnight Box Office Record

July 1, 2010 (3:20 am) GMT
Pulling in more than 30 million dollars from midnight screenings on June 30, the third 'Twilight' film breaks the record set by 'The Twilight Saga's New Moon'.
'Twilight Saga's Eclipse' Sets New Midnight Box Office Record

Since "" is touted one of the most anticipated summer movies, it comes as no surprise that the flick becomes a box office hit. Unleashed in the U.S. on June 30, the movie already takes in more than $30 million from midnight screenings.

Thus, this third "" movie officially sets new record for midnight gross, beating out previous midnight record-holder "" which opened to $26.3 million in November 2009. Now, the challenge for "Eclipse" is to break "New Moon" record for the biggest single-day gross in box office history with $72.7 million.

The movie will continue to expand to 4,416 domestic theaters in North America, which marks the widest domestic release in history. Over this Fourth of July weekend, it is also expected that "Eclipse" could pass the $200 million opening box office record set by "".

In related news, Summit has confirmed to MTV Hollywood Crush that "Eclipse" stars will make surprise appearances at the film screenings in many locations around the country. While the exact locations and the actors who will pop up have not been revealed, it is known that this fans treat will happen during this coming weekend.

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