While it didn’t end up breaking as many records as anticipated, Twilight Eclipse topped the box office over the extended holiday weekend and brought it’s 6-day total to an impressive $175.3 million. That’s short of New Moon‘s $178.8M and well shy of The Dark Knight‘s record $222.1M, but still very solid. I think Summit is probably very happy, and with no real direct competition coming this weekend (Predators and Despicable Me open), Eclipse should bank another large chunk of cash.
A surprising twist to the weekend was the success of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Despite terrible reviews (currently an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes), the film snatched $53.2 million during the 3-day weekend. It was aimed as a counter-programming bid, with the hope that males would rather see a fantasy-adventure film than Eclipse. It has apparently worked thus far, although with a reported $150 million budget, Shyamalan still has some ground to cover.
Toy Story 3 continued to hold up very well, taking the third spot over the weekend and bringing in another $30+ million. This brings it’s domestic total to a hefty $289 million and a worldwide cume of nearly $452 million!
Rounding out the weekend top 10 were: Grown Ups ($19.1M), Knight and Day ($10.4M), The Karate Kid ($8.1M), Get Him to the Greek ($1.2M), and Cyrus ($774K). Cyrus, despite playing at only 77 theaters continues to impress, with an average of $10,052 per theater. Hopefully it will continue to see a wider release as the weeks go by.