Tuesday, June 29, 2010

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' predicted to beat 'New Moon' opening weekend numbers

All along - during the downtime between The Twilight Saga: New Moon's release and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's - fans have been asking this question: will The Twilight Saga: Eclipse surpass the incredible numbers set forth by The Twilight Saga: New Moon?

No doubt, the biggest achievement of New Moon in the box office was to set the record for biggest opening day ever. So, the topic has definitely lingered as to whether the summer Eclipse showing will top that record.

Also, the staggering opening weekend numbers (3rd highest ever) for New Moon reached $140.7 million in the first three days. So, whether Eclipse will eclipse New Moon's opening weekend figures is prominent as well.

According to TheWrap.com, industry predictions give the nod to Eclipse in at least the second portion of the inquiry.

Conservative forecasts predict the PG-13-rated film will gross $150 million domestically in its first six days of release, spanning through the holiday weekend. That would usurp the $142.8 million three-day opening for “New Moon” last November. “Eclipse,” which returns the core cast of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, will also debut in 41 foreign territories this weekend. “We hope our opening day will be bigger on opening day because our audience isn’t getting up for school,” noted Summit distribution chief Richie Fay.

Only a few days until we know. For now, what fans seem to be doing to effectuate their desire to see Eclipse break records is pre-ordering midnight release tickets (which has put Eclipse atop advance ticket sales lists) and planning to see the film more than once during opening weekend.

Are you doing the same? Do you care how Eclipse fares in the box office, and why or why not? Does it speak to the validity of the fandom in any way that Eclipse stands to usurp its own stellar figures? Any other thoughts?

Article by Twilight Examiner {Amanda Bell}

[Ina Noorazan]

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