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'Eclipse' Surpasses 'New Moon' - Or Not?

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart sex scene clothes EclipseRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart 'sex scene' in 'Eclipse': Physical intimacy of the fully clothed variety.

Box office: Has 'Eclipse' truly surpassed 'New Moon'?

Down only 0.7 percent when compared to the previous day, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade, and starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, collected $190,000 on Thursday, Aug. 19, '10, at the North American box office.

Totaling $296.64 million, Eclipse has finally (Day 51) officially passed its predecessor, Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, at the domestic box office. New Moon, which opened in fall 2009, cumed at $296.62 million after 133 days.

But does “officially” mean “actually”?

Lies, damned lies and box office figures

Not adjusted for inflation or 3D/IMAX surcharges, Eclipse is at no. 35 on the Box Office Mojo chart of the top box office hits ever in the U.S. and Canada. New Moon is no. 36.

Adjusted for inflation, neither movie is to be found among the top 100. That particular chart begins with Victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind ($1.6 billion) and ends with Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 2 ($380.3 million).

'Eclipse' actually still trailing 'New Moon'

So, adjusted for higher ticket prices – using the National Association of Theater Owners' annual average – New Moon would have grossed $299.58 million in 2010 – nearly $3 million more than Eclipse's total to date. (And yes, I know these “averages” are iffy, but they do give you an idea about the inflation/3D/IMAX effect.)

Eclipse, for instance, was screened at 193 IMAX theaters in North America, which are about 30 percent more expensive than regular movie houses. In its first week out, Eclipse pulled in $9 million at those IMAX venues (the equivalent of approx. $6.9 million at a regular movie house). New Moon didn't have that revenue-inflating luxury.

For Eclipse to pass New Moon in number of tickets sold, it'll have to gross – and this is a guesstimate based on the information above – at least another $5–6 million domestically, or reach a cume of $302–$303 million. Chances are it'll get there and a little beyond before running its full course.

On Day 51, New Moon's total was $290 million. It added another $6 million in the following 82 days. Eclipse has lost steam this past week, but prior to that it was way ahead of New Moon in terms of box office stamina.

Movie cast

Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Eclipse features the following actors:

Bryce Dallas Howard. Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Kellan Lutz. Ashley Greene. Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed.

Booboo Stewart. Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore. Michael Welch. Jodelle Ferland. Cameron Bright. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout.

Sarah Clarke. Charlie Bewley. Kiowa Gordon. Justin Chon. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Jack Huston. Chaske Spencer. Gil Birmingham.

Tinsel Korey. Leah Gibson. Tyson Houseman. Iris Quinn. Paul Jarrett. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Alex Rice. Bronson Pelletier.

Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).

Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).

Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon) adapted this third installment of Stephenie Meyer's popular fantasy book series.


Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Eclipse image: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

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  1. hotrobsten

    Those photos were hot. Rob was holding Kristens bag from some kind of craft store and she just pulled him down for a kiss. Nothing in the Twilight movies can ever be that hot because Stephanie Meyers won't let it happen.

    I wish Kristen had of been in Bel Ami or Rob was in On the Road so we could see them do an actual sex scene. I know Breaking Dawn is not going to show anything. Eclipse is like ten times over it's budget. It proves that even in a recession the Twilight films can come out on top.

  2. sara

    LOL I agree with Tammie, Robsten is hot!!

  3. Tammie

    The picture of Robert and Kristen kissing was 20 times hotter than any Twilight movie. The way Kristen grabbed his hair and took control was H.O.T. You know she wears the pants in that relationship. LOL. They need to add that move to the next Twilight film Robsten should do a rated R movie together after Twilight with lots of sex.

  4. chilefan

    Im so happy. I watch it again this weekend with my friends. This has been the best week for Twilight fan. The movie is doing great and we get so many new Robsten pictures.