NEW movie Twilight: Eclipse is box office gold!
The film — the third installment in the Twilight movie franchise — sold about $121.4 million worth of tickets from Wednesday to Friday, according to distributor Summit Entertainment.
For the traditional Friday-Sunday portion, the privately owned studio forecast sales of $80.2 million, and a four-day total of $106.1 million with inclusion of the Monday holiday. That would take its six-day haul to $198.9 million.
The record for an Independence Day release is held by Spider-Man 2, which earned $180 million in its first six days in 2004, having also opened on a Wednesday.
Twilight Saga: New Moon earned $179 million in its first six days during a nonholiday period in November. A year earlier, the six-day haul for the first film, Twilight, was $88 million.
If initial estimates hold, Eclipse would rank No. 3 among all-time six-day openers, behind The Dark Knight ($222 million) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($215 million).
Eclipse stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner among others.
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