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Eclipse Movie: Kristen Stewart + Robert Pattinson Romantic Fantasy Shatters Records

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Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black in Eclipse.

July 16 update: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the romantic fantasy-adventure starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Thursday, July 15.

Directed by David Slade, Eclipse took in $3.72 million on Thursday, totaling $251.37 million after 16 days out.

According to Box Office Mojo, Eclipse is the 14th fastest movie to reach the $250 million milestone domestically (not adjusted for inflation), right behind Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which also starred Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner.

It may thus look as if New Moon performed better than Eclipse, but that would be a misreading of the data.

By its 16th day out (a Saturday), New Moon had already had two full weekends, in addition to another Friday and Saturday under its belt. Eclipse has only gone through two weekends so far – one of which (July 4) had a very weak Sunday – in addition to a Monday holiday.

For comparison’s sake: on its 14th day out, a Thursday, New Moon grossed $2.1 million. On its 16th day out, also a Thursday, Eclipse grossed $3.43 million – the first time it took in less than $3.5 million on a single day, but still more than 60 percent above New Moon‘s take.

In fact, New Moon fell (way) below the $3.5 million mark on Day 11 (with $2.38 million).

Another comparison: on its 16th day out, also a Thursday, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen collected $4.58 million – or about 30 percent more than Eclipse.

The second installment of the Transformers franchise went on to gross $402.1 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Among the top 25 movies on the “fastest to $250 million” chart, New Moon and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were the only two not to end up grossing more than $300 million domestically.

Eclipse, however, will surely cross that mark.

Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

July 11 update: Following a number of disappointments and outright flops – Green Zone, Repo Men, Leap Year, Robin Hood – Universal finally has a bona fide hit in its hands.

Despite numerous unenthusiastic reviews, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud’s Despicable Me, which features the voices of Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, and Miranda Cosgrove, beat David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at the domestic box office this weekend. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Despicable Me debuted with $60.1 million ($17,295 per theater).

And unlike fellow animated 3D features such as Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, and How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me cost “only” $69 million to make – or between half and one third of the cost of those other animated movies.

Directed by David Slade, and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse earned an estimated $33.4 million (a solid $7,475 per theater) at the U.S. and Canada box office this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

Following a perfectly acceptable 48.5 percent drop-off rate on its second weekend out, Eclipse was only behind Universal’s Despicable Me, which took in $60.1 million on its debut weekend.

Eclipse‘s domestic twelve-day total currently stands at $237 million, the fourth highest among 2010’s domestic releases, having just passed both How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek Forever After. Still ahead of Eclipse – all with more than $300 million – are Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, and Iron Man 2.

Worldwide, Eclipse has taken in $456 million.

Xavier Samuel as Riley, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Xavier Samuel as Riley in Eclipse

July 8: Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse topped the international market last weekend and will quite likely remain on top this weekend as well.

Eclipse‘s Wednesday-to-Sunday take was an estimated $104.6 million in 42 markets. Comparisons to The Twilight Saga: New Moon‘s $132.1 million (released Nov. 2009) are misleading because, as Ray Subers explains at Box Office Mojo, New Moon opened in more major markets.

The territories where Eclipse grossed more than $10 million were: Russia with an estimated $15 million, Australia with $10.9 million (est.), Spain with $10.37 million, and Brazil with $10.35 million.

Also: Italy with $9.9 million (est.), Mexico with $6.63 million, the United Kingdom with $5.5 million (previews est.), the Philippines with $3.8 million, Belgium/Luxemburg with $2.3 million, Norway with $2.15 million, and South Africa with $1.6 million (est.) – a new opening weekend record.

Eclipse opens this weekend in the U.K., France, South Korea and other countries.

Follow-up post: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse grossed $7.93 million on Thursday, topping the North American box office chart for the ninth consecutive day and crossing the $200 million mark domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

Directed by David Slade, written by Melissa Rosenberg (from Stephenie Meyer’s novel), starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Eclipse‘s nine-day total currently stands at $203.66 million.

Eclipse is currently on the number 10 spot among the fastest movies to reach $200 million on the Box Office Mojo chart (not adjusted for inflation). This year, only Toy Story 3 is ahead on the chart, having crossed the $200 million milestone with $208 million on Day 9.

If inflation were taken into account, Eclipse would be down one spot at no. 11, following the 2002 release Spider-Man (with $202 million on Day 9).

Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, released in November 2009, crossed the $200 million mark with $205 million on Day 8. New Moon is on the list’s no. 4 spot.

Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and Iron Men 2 crossed the $200 million mark only on Day 10 (which included two weekends). All three movies – and Toy Story 3 – have gone on to gross more than $300 million domestically. (Avatar, of course, has taken in more than $700m.)

The top three movies on the list are The Dark Knight, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

The other movies that crossed the $200 million mark on Day 9 are Spider-Man 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, and Shaun Toub, narrowed the gap between Monday’s no. 1 and no. 2 movie at the North American box office.

Shyamalan’s actioner grossed $12.65 million (vs. $13.54 million for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), according to Box Office Mojo.

While Eclipse, starring the popular combo Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner, has been performing a little below expectations, The Last Airbender – despite miserable reviews and numerous negative comments on the (purported) almighty box office barometer named Twitter – has been performing way above expectations. Shyamalan’s actioner went up an estimated 34.7 percent on Monday (vs. Eclipse‘s 18.4 percent decrease).

One more drastic Eclipse attendance drop and The Last Airbender could – if it maintains its momentum – reach the top position at the North American box office.

To date, The Last Airbender has collected $70.5 million – about $20 million more than many had predicted. Yet, in order for Paramount to recover its $150 million production costs alone (not including the $130 million spent on marketing), The Last Airbender would have to earn approximately $270-$300 million domestically, as studios only get around 50-55 percent of a movie’s box office gross.

It doesn’t seem at all likely that The Last Airbender will get that far, but that’s where the overseas market should come to the rescue.

The Last Airbender will open internationally within the next couple of weeks.

As I mention in my previous box office article, Summit Entertainment totally underestimated the pull of the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner combo on Monday, as their The Twilight Saga: Eclipse figures were off by about $5.5 million.

On much lesser scale, Disney also underestimated Toy Story 3‘s figures. They were off by about $700,000.

Paramount, on the other hand, overestimated The Last Airbender‘s Monday take by more than 10 percent: $1.2 million to be more precise. M. Night Shyamalan’s adventure/fantasy/sci-fierended up earning $11.47 million at no. 3 spot – or nearly $1.3 million less than Toy Story 3. (Original estimates had their positions reversed on the box office chart.)

All those under- and overestimations combined pretty much wrecked box office analyses published in the last couple of days.

Though still way ahead of expectations, The Last Airbender failed to reach the $70 million mark by Monday night. Its total stood at $69.3 million.

Its Monday per-theater average was $3,622 at 3,169 theaters, vs. $3,172 for Toy Story 3 (at 4,028 theaters) and $4,209 for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (at 4,468 theaters).

The widely panned Paramount release starring Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz, and Shaun Toub cost a reported $150 million to produce plus another $130 million to market. If it is to recover its production costs alone in the North American market, The Last Airbender would have to collect approximately $300 million.

The only three 2010 releases that have thus far taken in more than $300 million – Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, and Lee Unkrich’s Toy Story 3 – all scored more than $110 million on their first weekend out. In five days, The Last Airbender has pulled in the aforementioned $69.3 million.

Compounding matters, The Last Airbender had the third-lowest Monday surge (+23.1 percent) among the top twelve movies on Box Office Mojo’s chart. Only Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (+10.6 percent) and Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day (+18.9 percent) fared worse in that regard.

Among the top twelve movies at the U.S. and Canada box office, David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (not M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, as studio estimates had it) had the highest per-theater average on Monday. The Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner romantic fantasy brought in $4,209 per theater at 4,468 locations, as per Box Office Mojo.

Right behind Eclipse, Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass’ well-received Sundance hit Cyrus, featuring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener, averaged $4,151 at 77 screens.

All things being equal, the lower the number of theaters the higher the per-theater average. The fact that Eclipse had a higher average than any other movie among Monday’s top twelve shows how strong the third installment of the Twilight Saga performed yesterday.

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‘Eclipse’ box office: Stronger staying power in North America?

Follow-up post: David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in which Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward and Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob vie for Kristen Stewart as the human Bella – while all three attempt to fend off a major vampire attack – was once again the no. 1 movie at the U.S. and Canada box office.

Eclipse grossed a solid $10.56 million on Tuesday, July 6, ’10, following a relatively mild 44 percent drop from its outstanding holiday Monday business. In fact, among the top ten movies on Box Office Mojo’s Tuesday chart, the fantasy-action-romance had the smallest drop-off rate.

Better-received ‘Twilight’ movie

At least for the time being, that’s good news for the – generally better received – third installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, for it may herald a more robust life span at the North American box office than that of its predecessor, Chris Weitz’s poorly received The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Last November, New Moon was down a whopping 70 percent on its second weekend out; 48 percent of the Twilight sequel’s total gross was earned on its first three days of release.

Considering Eclipse‘s major jump on Monday and its relatively low decrease on Tuesday, this latest Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner team-up may not suffer the same fate.

After seven days out, Eclipse‘s domestic box office total stands at a highly impressive $186.95 million.

Follow-up post: Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, and Tim Allen, Toy Story 3 was the no. 2 movie at the North American box office on Tuesday, according to Box Office Mojo.

Lee Unkrich’s animated 3D feature collected $5.93 million. It was followed by M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender with $5.38 million at no. 3.

Starring Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s Jackson Rathbone, The Last Airbender had the second-highest per-theater average of the day ($1,699), behind only Eclipse. On the downside, The Last Airbender fell 53 percent compared to Monday. (For comparison’s sake, fellow newcomer Eclipse‘s drop-off rate was a much more modest 44 percent.)

Shyamalan’s widely derided actioner/sci-fier’s total after six days stands at $74.7 million. In all likelihood, it’ll cross the $100 million mark next weekend.

July 3: M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender was no threat to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner star vehicle held a comfortable lead at the North American box office on both Thursday and Friday.

So, the vampires and werewolves brought in an estimated $28.6 million on Friday, July 2 – an 18.1 percent increase from Thursday, according to Box Office Mojo.

Eclipse crossed the $100 million mark sometime yesterday. Its total now stands at $121.34 million – an amount that is particularly impressive because this third installment of The Twilight Saga opened in the middle of the week.

Also, Eclipse expanded a bit on Friday, and is currently playing at about 4,468 theaters. Average per theater: $6,476.

The Last Airbender, for its part, brought in approximately $16.6 million (a minuscule 1.5 percent increase) at 3,169 locations. Average: $5,238.

It should be noted that the 2D-to-3D The Last Airbender is screening at 1,606 3D locations which charge a 25-45 percent premium. Hence, overall figures and especially the per-theater averages end up inflated – fewer tickets are sold, but that’s offset by higher ticket prices. Call it the Avatar syndrome.

Estimates for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender has the much-panned 2D-to-3D actioner grossing $50 million. Some had been predicting that amount by Sunday; others by Monday, a holiday for many in the US.

The Last Airbender has taken in more than $32 million in its first two days out. It’ll likely collect about $60-$65 million by Monday evening. For comparison’s sake, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse scored $68.5 million on its first day out.

The Last Airbender stars Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, and Shaun Toub.

Follow-up post: On Thursday, David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse broke another record – though not exactly a good one. The Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner fantasy had the steepest Wednesday-(second-day)Thursday decline on record, 65 percent.

As a result of that free fall, Eclipse failed to beat Michael Bay’s blow-em-up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen‘s second-day Thursday figures from last year: $29.1 million for Transformers vs $24.2 million for Eclipse, according to Brandon Gray at Box Office Mojo.

Overall, Eclipse is no. 6 on Box Office Mojo’s list of highest grosses on a Thursday (not adjusted for inflation). Four of the top five movies on the chart opened on the Thursday in question: George LucasStar Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Andy Wachowski and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski’s The Matrix Reloaded, and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s two-day tally was $92.7 million at 4,400+ theaters on Thursday.

Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which also starred the vampire-human-werewolf trio, grossed $115 million after two days at 4,024 theaters in November 2009.

Some have been saying that Eclipse is trailing New Moon, but that would be an unfair comparison because New Moon opened on a Friday. Its second day was a Saturday, almost invariably the most popular moviegoing day of the week. (Even so, New Moon dropped 42 percent from the day before – not a good sign, and that’s why the movie’s box office pull withered away at a relatively quick pace.)

Now, we’re on Eclipse‘s Day 3. Its total currently stands at an estimated $121.3 million according to Box Office Mojo. By Sunday, its third day out, New Moon had taken in $142.8 million.

(Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight remains the opening-weekend record holder, with $158.4 million in summer 2008. Its record will remain unchallenged this 4th of July weekend.)

New Moon remains the fastest movie to reach $100 million (not adjusted for inflation), followed by The Dark Knight, both on their second day out: the former with $114.9m; the latter with $114.8 million.

Eclipse is at no. 10 (chiefly because it opened in the middle of the week), ahead of every single 2010 release except for Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 – which opened on a Friday.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the other major movie on the list to have opened on a Wed., is at no. 7 with $127.8 million.

Also, Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight pulled in $57.3 million in its first two days out in 2008. Its total opening weekend gross was $69.63 million.

Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Rosalie Hale and Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has abruptly stopped breaking records at the North American box office.

Although the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner romantic fantasy was by far the top movie on the Fourth of July weekend, it didn’t even get close to shattering Spider-Man 2‘s box office record.

Summit did try, even getting several of the film’s stars to show up at screenings at various US theaters throughout the weekend, e.g., Dakota Fanning in Los Angeles; Xavier Samuel in New York.

In any case, Eclipse grossed an estimated $69 million over the three-day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, whereas the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire fantasy-thriller took in $88 million back in 2004 ($113 million adjusted for inflation).

Also, Eclipse managed to surpass the Wednesday revenues of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but failed to beat the human vs. robot flick over the weekend. Bay’s actioner pulled in $108.9 million on its first weekend about a year ago.

Even so, Eclipse‘s per-theater average was still a pretty remarkable $15,443. After all, Eclipse isn’t a 3D release (no 3D surcharges at 1,000-2,000 sites), it opened two days before the weekend began, and it’s playing at more than 4,400 theaters. All things being equal, the larger the number of theaters, the lower the per-theater average.

Eclipse crossed the $100 million mark sometime on Saturday and the $150 million mark sometime today. Its estimated total now stands at $161 million after five days. Overseas, it’s collected another $100.2 million. Grand total: $261.2 million.

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At a distant no. 2, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender collected an estimated $40.65 million at 3,169 locations ($12,827 per-theater average) in the U.S. and Canada, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

Reviews for The Last Airbender have been overwhelmingly negative, word-of-mouth has been at best unenthusiastic (a “C” as per CinemaScore), and there have been numerous complaints about Paramount/Shyamalan’s decision to use a white kid in an East Asian role. Yet, the Paramount release starring Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone and Shaun Toub has scored a not inconsiderable $57 million after only four days.

It’ll probably cross the $100 million mark within the next ten days or so. How far it’ll go above that remains to be seen.

Although The Last Airbender won’t get even close to recovering its $150 million production costs (in addition to $130 million in marketing costs) at the North American box office, it will likely not turn out to be the total disaster many had been predicting just a few days ago.

The overseas market should come to the rescue, as big, special-effects-laden movies tend to do extremely well abroad, e.g., Avatar, 2012, Iron Man 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

July 2: M. Night Shyamalan’s critically (and ethnically) panned The Last Airbender was no competition for the Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner combo.

Directed by David Slade, Eclipse grossed $24.2 million on Thursday, July 1. The Last Airbender scored an estimated $16.35 million at 3,169 locations in North America, according to Box Office Mojo.

Eclipse‘s two-day total is a staggering $92.7 million – an amount particularly impressive because this third installment of The Twilight Saga opened in the middle of the week.

Eclipse will cross the $100 million mark sometime today, and will have collected anywhere between $180-$200 million by Sunday, according to various estimates.

Considering the sort of reception it got from Twitter users (forget the critics…) M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender actually didn’t do badly at all on Thursday, opening with an estimated $16.35 million at 3,169 locations.

Perhaps people were curious to find out how bad it was? Or perhaps it’s all a result of allotting $130 million to (strategically) market a movie that cost $150 million to produce?

The fantasy/sci-fi/adventure flick starring Noah Ringer, Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s Jackson Rathbone, and Shaun Toub averaged $5,159 per theater – only a little less than Eclipse‘s $5,483 average at 4,416 sites.

The Last Airbender, however, may not be able to keep the momentum going throughout the extended Fourth of July weekend in the United States – and in the weekends ahead.

According to CinemaScore, moviegoers have given Shyamalan’s latest effort a C average. In other words, poor word-of-mouth may end up shooting down The Last Airbender domestically.

If that happens, the international markets should come to the rescue as it has in the cases of Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

It’s just unclear why bad word-of-mouth doesn’t kill movies outside of North America. People in China, Russia, or Mexico don’t discuss movies after they’ve seen it?

Someone should do a research paper on that.

Among the top twelve movies, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse had the highest per-theater average, $5,483.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse had the worst drop-off rate, down 64.7 percent, which can be explained by the fact that on Thursday the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner fantasy romance/thriller didn’t have the $30 million it collected from Tue./Wed. midnight screenings.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, and based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel, David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has been out for only two days, but it’s already broken several records. In fact, Eclipse tore one record to pieces even before it opened: it was scheduled to be presented at more theaters in the U.S. and Canada than any other movie.

On Day One ($68.5 million), it had the biggest Wednesday ever, ahead of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It also had the biggest ever opening-day in Belgium (au revoir Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and possibly in The Philippines (bye-bye Spider-Man 3) as well.

A couple more records broken by Eclipse on opening day:

  • Top-grossing summer day ever, beating the $67.2 million earned by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight at 4,366 theaters in 2008, according to Box Office Mojo.
  • Top-grossing IMAX midnight (domestic) screenings, with more than $1 million.

Those figures haven’t been adjusted for inflation.

If the Dark Night figures are adjusted for 2010 ticket prices, as found at Box Office Mojo, then it’s still ahead of Eclipse, having grossed the equivalent of $74.4 million.

Eclipse, however, would remain ahead of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which would have earned $66.08 million in 2010.

In fact, it’d still be way ahead of every other movie that opened on a Wednesday, at least partly because movies didn’t play at 3,000 or 4,000 locations before the mid-90s.

And in case you’re wondering, Avatar‘s biggest single-day take was $28.27 million on Sat., Dec. 26, 2009. That places James Cameron’s sci-fier at no. 87 on the chart of top single-day grosses (not adjusted for inflation).

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Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner’s romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade and co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard, had a bigger opening this week than Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon in November 2009, says the Los Angeles Times.

Now, bear in mind that such comparisons can be iffy. It all depends on how many countries – and which ones – were showing New Moon in its first couple of days out. (Looking at the information found on the IMDb, the territories/dates for New Moon and Eclipse don’t match.) Needless to say, one would have to look at each territory to make an adequate comparison.

Even then, one must also remember that movie tickets are more expensive now; that would benefit Eclipse.

On the other hand, if currency fluctuations are taken into account, those would favor New Moon, as the US dollar was weak in late ’09 but it’s relatively strong now. That means Eclipse grosses earned abroad, when converted, would buy fewer dollars. (And that’s why studios should report the number of tickets sold – an infinitely more reliable tool to measure a film’s success.)

Eclipse brought in an estimated $16.2 million in 21 territories, as per Summit Entertainment. The top grosses were: $3.9 million in Russia (vs. $1.9 million for New Moon), $3.2 million in Italy (vs. New Moon‘s $2.9 million), $2.4 million in Brazil, and $2 million in Spain.

With $735k ($1.1 million according to Box Office Mojo), Eclipse had Belgium’s biggest-ever opening day (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is now no. 2).

Eclipse may also have broken the first-day record in The Philippines, with $1.2 million. (Spider-Man 3 would now be no. 2.)

And finally, Box Office Mojo reports that Eclipse took in more than $500,000 in the following markets: Sweden ($1.04 million), Norway ($847,000), Denmark ($739,000), Turkey ($658,000), Poland ($558,000), and Greece ($548,000).

Over the weekend, Eclipse will be opening in another 21 territories.

Previous post: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse scored $68.5 million on its first day out. A new box office record has been broken. Avatar, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Dark Knight, Toy Story 3, Gone with the Wind, Star Wars, step aside, please.

Directed by David Slade and starring drive-them-nuts Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Eclipse now holds the record for the biggest Wednesday opening ever.

Who said women didn’t rule at the box office?

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which featured Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel, had been the previous record holder with $62 million when it debuted in 2009.

The third installment in the Twilight Saga may also have a place in box office history as the only major release ever to, on a single day, gross more than its production cost (officially $68m). [Addendum: Obviously not so. See next paragraph.]

The best all-time opening day ever? Well, Eclipse got close, but Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opened on a Friday, still holds that record with the $72.7 million it earned last November. (As a reader points out below, New Moon grossed much more than its $50 million budget. Well, how about Eclipse and New Moon then? If true, that’d still be something unique.)

Who said women didn’t rule at the box office?

Eclipse opened at a record 4,416 theaters. It will be playing at 4,468 sites on Friday. Expect more record-breaking grosses.

With $68.5 million – including a record-shattering $30 million from midnight screenings – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soared to the top of the North American box office on Wednesday, June 30, according to Box Office Mojo. Eclipse‘s per-theater average was a phenomenal $15,519.

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer’s bestseller, directed by David Slade, and starring Robert Pattinson as the vampire, Kristen Stewart as the human, and Taylor Lautner as the werewolf, Eclipse opened at a record 4,416 theaters, where it broke the record for the best Wednesday debut in film history.

Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, also starring Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner, which opened on a Friday in November 2009, holds the record for best opening day ever. We’ll be doing some inflation-adjusting in the near future.

On Tuesday night, night showings of Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight and Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon collected an impressive $2.38 million at 2,037 theaters.

On a much more modest scale, Summit Entertainment also scored on Wednesday with Letters to Juliet.

Starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero, the romantic comedy-drama took in $249,000 at no. 10 – a fantastic 123 percent jump when compared to the previous day.

Eclipse actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart high school‘Eclipse’ actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in wholesome ‘Twilight’ high school environment: No sex, no drugs and only a few deaths.

‘Eclipse’ shatters domestic midnight box office records

June 30 update: With $8.21 million, Lee Unkrich’s Toy Story 3, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Laurie Metcalf, and others, was officially the top movie at the North American box office on Tuesday, June 29. Unofficially, of course, the no. 1 movie on the domestic chart was actually David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Whether because of Robert Pattinson’s brooding, Kristen Stewart’s indecision, Taylor Lautner’s abs, Dakota Fanning’s wine-colored eyes, or the CGI werewolves, Eclipse has broken its first box office record (of more to come?): Best midnight grosses ever.

The third installment in the Twilight movie franchise took in an estimated $30 million from midnight (Tuesday/Wednesday) screenings at about 4,000 U.S. and Canada theaters, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

The previous midnight record holder was another Twilight movie: Chris Weitz’ New Moon, also starring Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner. New Moon raked in $26.3 million in Nov. 2009.

Another record

Now that is has officially opened, Eclipse is breaking another box office-related record: number of North American theaters screening a single film.

Twihards and Twihaters alike may choose from 4,416 venues – including 193 IMAX sites – in the U.S. and Canada to cheer/snicker at Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan bouncing back and forth between Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black.

Opening weekend box office take?

Now, expect huge numbers in the coming days, as this is definitely one instance in which the third installment of a movie franchise will bring in more cash than its predecessors. But how huge will Eclipse‘s box office brilliance be on opening weekend – or rather, on opening week?

Well, here are a few guesstimates:

Daniel Frankel at TheWrap: “conservative forecasts” predict $150 million in the first six days (Wed.-Mon., a belated 4th of July holiday for U.S. government/most businesses).

Exhibitor Relations’ Jeff Bock, as quoted at E! Online: $50 million on opening day; another $70 million over the three-day weekend.

Rick Porter at $70-$75 million on opening day; $200+ million by Sunday. (Comparable to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.)

Edward Douglas at $100 million on Wed./Thu.; another $75 million or so over the three-day weekend for a grand total of $175 million by Sunday.

‘Eclipse’ cast

Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, the Eclipse cast includes:

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

Nikki Reed. Dakota Fanning. Booboo Stewart. Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore. Jodelle Ferland. Cameron Bright.

Sarah Clarke. Michael Welch. Charlie Bewley. Kiowa Gordon. Justin Chon. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Jack Huston.

Tinsel Korey. Leah Gibson. Chaske Spencer. Tyson Houseman. Iris Quinn. Paul Jarrett. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe.

Christian Serratos. Alex Rice. Bronson Pelletier. Ben Geldreich. Gil Birmingham. Kirsten Prout.

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) was credited for the adaptation of the third installment of Stephenie Meyer’s fantasy book series.

‘Twilight’ combo

Trailing Toy Story 3 on Tuesday, June 29, Grown Ups, starring Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider, collected $4.57 million – having already fallen below the $5 million-per-day mark.

The no. 3 movie was a one-night-only Twilight combo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (plus Taylor Lautner in a supporting role) in Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight (2008) and the vampire-human-werewolf triangle in full force in New Moon. These Twilight evening screenings brought in $2.38 million at 2,037 theaters for a pretty remarkable $1,171 per-theater average.

June 26

Eclipse Jacob and Bella Shirtless Taylor Lautner damsel Kristen Stewart‘Eclipse’ with Jacob and Bella: Shirtless Taylor Lautner carries damsel Kristen Stewart.

Stars and screams at ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ premiere

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse had its world premiere on Thursday night, June 24 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Among the thousands present at the event were stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner; director David Slade; Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer; and most of the film’s supporting players, among them Peter Facinelli, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Tyson Houseman, Julia Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anna Kendrick.

At Thompson on Hollywood, Anne Thompson described the Eclipse screening:

Screams accompanied several extended romantic scenes, including passionate kisses between Stewart and each of her rival swains, and Lautner’s repeated shirtless appearances. Washboard abs indeed. This one, written by the same writer, Melissa Rosenberg, as the other two, is well-directed by David Slade. It plays much better than New Moon [directed by Chris Weitz]; the balance between action and romance, Edward and Jacob works. Fans ate it up. It will be huge, bigger than the last, which grossed $700 million worldwide.

Eclipse opens in the U.S. and about a dozen other countries on June 30.

‘Twilight’ and ‘New Moon’ combo

In preparation for the opening of Eclipse on Wed., June 30, Summit Entertainment will be showing Chris Weitz’s New Moon and Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight in various U.S. cities on Sat., June 26. That also happens to be the day when an actual lunar eclipse takes place.

Needless to say, both movies star Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the human Bella Swan, and Taylor Lautner as the werewolf (or werewolf-to-be) Jacob Black.

Actors in attendance

Daniel Cudmore is expected to attend the Atlanta screening. Tyson Houseman and Jodelle Ferland will show up in Dallas. Michael Welch in Miami.

Jackson Rathbone and Bronson Pelletier in Philadelphia. Charlie Bewley and Julia Jones in Salt Lake City. Peter Facinelli and Edi Gathegi in San Diego.

Elizabeth Reaser and Nikki Reed in Seattle. Alex Meraz in Washington D.C. And other performers in other cities.

None of the three principals is listed.

Eclipse images: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

The Last Airbender images: Zade Rosenthal /  Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount.

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Michael -

Eclipse was one of the worst movies of the year. After winning the Teen Choice Award for Best Summer Movie over Inception, Eclipse is assured to win the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture.

CKTwi -

Yay for Eclipse. I love Robsten and I’ve gone to see the movie four times. It is doing super and I’m so proud to be a fan. I agree about our fandom. I’ve met some of my best friends in it. And BTW, I’m not a teenage girl.

Sol -

Come on!! Eclipse is a wonderful love story and it has done great in the theaters. It has made so much money already and it will surpass New Moon for sure!!

lina88 -

The Last Airbender was a good movie. Eclipse was cheesy at best. I think The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will give Eclipse even more competition than Despicable Me.

Sherry -

The Twilight Saga Eclipse has no bad news. Summit made their budget back in a day. The movie has grossed $456 million worldwide in less than 2 weeks. The falloff was only 48%. Despicable Me was in higher priced 3D theaters too. People will go see Eclipse multiple times. I think it can get $900 million worldwide before the run is over. If people hate Twilight that’s on them. Not only is it successful the community is successful. People that write Twilight fanfictions auction them off for Alex’s Lemonade, a popular charity, and The Fandom Gives Back has raised over $120,000 off of that so far this year. I don’t know any other fandom with as much heart and dedication as the Twilight one.

Jen -

I loved Eclipse!! Hope it stays on top for quite a while!

Gina -

The Last Airbender was one of the worst movies I’ve seen! Eclipse was the BEST movie I’ve seen this year and a movie that both my boyfriend and I enjoyed equally.

daca -

her hair is fantastic..

Dean -

look at the competition that film had to work with?? no wonder. Not a huge audience knows of Avatar the last air bender, but for kids it was a good film. I would still pay to go see the film as I was impressed by the level of marial arts and likness for the cartoon it had. Compared to films like db evloution, this film will be back for some more Im sure. dont knock it for facts and figures, just enjoy the fact its here and its a fantastic film

happy,indonesia -

are you satisfied now????!!!!THE PROVOCATORS AND BOYCOTTERS??????!!!!!!!!!
ANYWAY,yeah,the audiences in the theater in my country also less then 20% are children, i meant lower than 8 years old because the movie wasnot for the babies, it was for bigger children who could understand that the movie would be the real action from the books or cartoon and also for teen (like me actually)so the bendings were real,the action was real, the characters were real,so what????!!!!!!
what do you hope than you take your babies watched the movie without any clarified from your self as a parent, you have to stay at home better!!!!!
as a fan of the avatar series, i do love the movie. they made my avatar alive ^^. i do hope they will make the sequel because i cannot wait for the second and the third books, hehe

Joe -

I didn’t like how M Night limited roles for asian (specifically east asian) and native american actors, it doesn’t make sense to me. It bothers me that only actors who portrayed Sokka, Katara, and their grandmother were non native americans but the rest of the water tribe were. Why did he divide up the nations by races? That wasn’t the point of the animated series. All it did was create an imbalance nonsense of races that strayed off from their ethnic culture. If he had cast a fair amount of representation, especially with the leads, he would’ve had more fan support even if the critics hated it. Most critics hated Transformers movies, but they made a lot of money from the fans. Besides the stupid casting, I don’t understand why he changed pronunciations of the names. Even if he was trying to be more authentic with the names, shouldn’t the races be as well? Also, why was this movie out in 3D, it was pointless! I just don’t understand.

Noha -

well,,.. guys !! i saw eclipse and its an amzing film .. its the best of the three ..and Robert was acting perfectly .. and taylor also was hot and he made the tent scene comedy and Kristen for the first time out of the three movies she began to act good .. and my favourite scenes were the tent scene .. then when bella accepted to marry Edward.. and the last scene was when she kissed jacob and how Edward was sooooooo kind and didnt hurt her …i love how Edward wasnt mad .. but i hated that she KISSED JACOB !!!

but at the end i have to say for all those ppl who are reading my comment they are sure asking if i was team edward or jacob ok .. then .. i am answering that …

I was at first TEAM EDWARD .. and i completetly HATED Jacob .. but when i saw Eclipse i ADORED EDWARD AND loved Jacob!!! so i have to tell i am Team Edward then Team Jacob !! :D :D
N.B : the books are much better !!

Wolf_Girl -

I love the wolf pack! :) I think the wolf pack makes this movie awesome! Without the wolf pack, the movies would be boring. GO WOLVES! =]


peter -

I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender since the show began airing on Nickelodeon when I was a freshman and I loved every second of it. I watched all the way to the finale and watched each episode several times over. I never got sick of this show. However, I am incredibly disappointed with this movie.

peter -

When a four year old boy sits and complains about how wrong the movie is and asking why they didn’t put this in it, or why is such and such out of order, you know you have royally screwed up.

peter -

First of all, I just want to say that I am a HUGE fan of the show. Since the day it came out my friends and I have loved it, we have Avatar parties where we just all hang out and order Pizza and watch Avatar seasons. So we were looking forward to this movie. The verdict: it was really interesting!

Jonah -

I’m a fan of comics and westerns so even though I knew of Jonah Hex in name only this was something I knew I could probably at least sit through. It wasn’t anything special but it moved a long fairly quickly and I wasn’t bored for what that’s worth.

O.o -

Well! All the comments i’ve read tell me this movie is a boring movie. In fact, someone love it and someone not. It’s doesn’t matter cause each person have difference opinions. I agree the frist part is boring cause it’s not funny at all. Aang has to be a funny kid, that the cartoon show us but in the movie Aang is so seriou. Anyway, he still a kid and he doesn’t has enuogh experience but M. Night said he tried his best and he worked so hard on his actting and those stuff in the movie was cool. Overall i really enjoyed this movie

Michael -

This was the first time I have ever feel asleep in a movie..

Latest Movies Online -

Its to far for the anime series I didn’t like the way they act. The characters are very serious. I miss the personality of the real Anime Aang.

zgille -

“Eclipse’s” per-theater average has been consistently higher than that of “New Moon.”

Considering that “Eclipse” opened at less than 200 IMAX theaters (out of nearly 4,500 theaters), the IMAX surcharge would have a very small impact on its box-office gross.

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Kristen Stewart was really cute in the tent scene with her little beanie. It distracted me for a minute. I also liked Taylor Lautner because he added comedy to the scene. I don’t think Eclipse is going to do as well as New Moon. New Moon made $709 million and it didn’t play on Imax or as many screens as Eclipse. I’m not sure why you say it’s performing better. It also has the advantage of coming out in the summer and it’s a quarter billion dollars away from New Moon. I don’t plan to see the last two movies because I can see that the movies aren’t getting any better. I do plan to see KS and TL projects outside of Twilight.


New Moon was better. I don’t like Robert Pattinson playing Edward, so I was glad he was gone. Book Edward was one of my all time favorite literary characters, but movie Edward sucks. No one understands why Bella would choose him over Jacob. In the book, Edward Cullen had a dark sense of humor and he seemed tough. In the movies, he’s a brooding wimp with no personality. Edward is technically dead, but not that dead. RP plays him like he’s a corpse. I think Eclipse will end at about $600 million at the worldwide box office. I don’t see it beating New Moon. I also didn’t like Bryce Dallas Howard, who probably only got the job due to nepotism. If they had to replace Victoria, they could have a least done it with someone that was as good as RL. She wasn’t scary at all. The fight scenes were good but they were too short. Overall I’m disappointed because I loved the book, but the movie was mediocre. The critics only like it because they like Kristen Stewart and David Slade. it wasn’t better than the original or the sequel.

sab -

If these posters thought it was a genuinely good film i feel sorry for them
I can ALMOST understand it falls into the so bad its good category with the laughable dialogue and acting, combined with cheesey special effects and direction, but ‘one of the best movies i’ve ever seen’?!!!!!!!!!
Sigh- what happened to smart films and smart film goers

Oh before i forget- add racist to the reasons why this film sucks

sandra -

I love Eclipse. Much better movie than New Moon.

jana -

I saw Eclipse with one friend on Tues & will see it again with another friend next week. We purposely waited til the theaters weren’t crowded & went mid-week. The tent scene was my favorite. Rob seemed more natural in that scene than any other IMO. He has more facial expressions that match his words and feelings than most actors. He’s extraordinary!

bettyel -

I’ve seen it 3 times and still aren’t tired of looking at Rob and all.

Dena -

I guess all the haters proclaiming Twilight is dead because it fell a couple million short of New Moon on opening weekend can now just suck it!

reyvn77 -

I’ve never seen the series before I went to see this horrible wreck of a movie. The problem isn’t about “what he left out”. The problem is that it’s a horrible, horrible, fetid stinkhole of a “movie”. It doesn’t need to be compared to the series. It’s bad on its own. And to think I’ve been such a Shyamalan fan for so long.

bettyel -

Sorry Yessica but I cannot agree with you. It’s the highest grossing film of the summer (for the number of days it’s been out) and will probably surpass New Moon which did 3/4 billion dollars in ticket sales. So far, worldwide, Eclipse has taken in $456 million and it hasn’t even opened yet in many countries. All the Twilight fans seem to agree that Eclipse is the best movie yet out of the 3 Twlight films released so far and it appeals to both sexes.

yessica -

This eclipse is a crap,I never like this and robert patt too,he is ugly and is not a good actor.,eclipse this week made only 11 millons !! ,and is number two in the box office it’s going down so fast

Tyranus -

Misery loves company and clearly both posters above watched a miserable movie and want others to suffer the same fate. This movie was so bad, the words to describe it have yet to be invented.

jen -

the movie has staying power compared to the past two twilight movies. It surely penetrated the guy marke.t


You’re absolutely right, buddy.. it was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen! If M. Knight isn’t the director for the sequels, I promise they will be horrible. He did an UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME job with the last airbender, and I’d be devastated if he wasn’t helming all 3. No one else could have done it better. He captured the drama of the first season’s most important parts. Sure, a lot got left out, but anyone who was expecting a carbon copy of the cartoon is being idiotic, because it would never be possible, no matter who directed. You’re right, justice for the cartoon was served. To those who are fans of the show and didn’t like it, try watching it again, because I promise you, once the initial shock of what was cut out is gone, you can absorb and appreciate the movie for how amazing it is much more easily. This is why non-fans of the show love it and fans had such a hard time enjoying it the way a newcomer would. I am a fan of the cartoon, but I’m also sophisticated and intelligent enough to realize that a movie is a much different presentation than a cartoon. Now I can look forward to a new twist on an old story I already know. M. Knight is a genius director, and people hate him for it… but not me. That’s why they wait for the chance to pounce on his movies with bad reviews.. and every time they’re wrong. I can’t wait to see THE LAST AIRBENDER on blu-ray! :o)

shir -

don’t be fooled by reviews. it’s a great movie!! it gives the cartoons justice.

dale kelsch -

the movie is awesome , compared to the new moon saga I felt that Its more connected to the twilight saga ( 1st one) I did not feel rush and the director is excellent ..and I love that edward and bella is allowed to act more like a real couple in this movie who are really inlove with each other…I have seen the movie for the 5th times already and I’am pretty sure I will continue to be seeing it as long as it stays on theaters…4x per week is not too much for me at all and I love seeing it in the IMAX cinema.

bettyel -

That Eclipse is doing so well is no surprise. If I had one criticism, it’s that there are too many closeups of the 3 leads. All in all it’s a great movie and will get a lot of return visits from moviegoers. I’ve seen it twice and will probably see it again before it leaves the theatres.

katie -

Me and my husband LOVED KNIGHT AND DAY. We have actually seen it three times!!I think this movie will continue making money this summer because it is actually very funny and entertaining! GO TO TOM AND CAMERON, GO!!:)

bill -

yeah but overall it has a 65 percent fresh rating out of a couple hundred reviews, screw the top critic ratings, even inglorious basterds has a 46 percent rating from the top critics, that tells you all you need to know.

Jucarii -

I am a great fan of twilight. I can bearly wait that the DVD is released so that i can watch it over and over again.

st pooch -

Wow…Another Victries for THE HOLLYWOOD…. It’s Rockin’ Good. LMAO!

jwong -

I saw the movie. I would say it is a “thinking man’s” Predator movie. Still the Predators 2010 movie is difinitely comparable to the original 1987 Predator movie with Arnold S.

GESterRob -

Great Movie!! By far the best. There are some parts I would have liked to see; however, that would have added another hour to the movie. I would have liked to see the class room scene with the note passing about escaping from the airplain, and Bella breaking down after seeing Jacob after his injury and Edward staying with her throughout the night, and Bella having the conversation with Alice about the wedding. Those would have been great to see in this movie; but nevertheless, GREAT Movie. Can’t wait to see Breaking Dawn. With the increased budget and the fact that they are breaking the movie into two parts(Thank God)they should be able to stay more inline with the book. Each movie has been getting increasing better!

nikki -

also the actors and actresses really seem to pull through completely in these series of movies maybe you could come up with another series of movies he could act together in,they;ve got good mojo together. really awesome movies. wish i could meet them all.

vero -

i love the comment “doesent he own a shirt?” that one is so cool. make more movies with these actors they seem to fit tgether like a fancy pair of gloves,dont let it end this way so soon mrs. myers!!!!!!!!!!!

bennetsue -

I have been to Eclipse 4 times and plan to go every week till it’s no longer showing….or my heart stops beating…Loved the movie - the tent and propasal scenes were the best. Great Job by all. The new Victoria was amazing and the growls and wolves were fantastic. Well Done!! Dig Twilight Forever! I’m busy matching the coundtrak with the scenes like I have done for the other 2 movies and it really makes me smile!

Monica -

I have seen Eclipse 2ce now and although I do like the movie better than the 1st 2 because it is more action oriented, I was a bit disappointed at the discrepancies from the book. The character makeup keeps getting more eery as we go, so that a normal high school person looking at a Cullen can’t possibly think that is just wierd contacts. Too pale, even for Forks. And the lipstick. Um, let’s get back to trying to fit in. That is not unusual for the movies to be different from the books, however, the fact that Jasper appears in high school with everyone at the table, while he and Rosalie are supposed to be twins and already graduated (in the 3rd book)…that’s a major oops. Anyway, in all I still liked Eclipse, but I am really hoping they take full advantage of making Breaking Dawn into 2 movies and telling the great finale properly. Maybe the new director will get this one even better.

Derek -

It was pathetic and boring. My little 5 year old brother cried at the end. It wasn’t made for kids and it was too serious. But it didn’t even have adult elements. Who was the target audience for this movie?

j -

Honestly, I only went to see this movie because my dad didn’t want to see a pixar movie and cry in front of his kids…and I kNEW it was going to be bad. It wasn’t just the misplaced casting or slightly wooden trailer scenes in which the kids just stand there looking at something which ominously approaches. I just had a bad feeling, the way I did about The Spirit. Good god.
Initially when I saw the actors cast I joined those up in arms, realizing I have something to hesitate about but then I read M Night’s interview about choosing the best actors. And after I read that interview I thought 2 things: 1. They REALLY better be the right actors or man, you are a jerk. The fact is that didn’t happen. He got me again dammit. 2. M NIght is kinda full of shit. Sure there is lots of pompous directors as there are pompous everything else (Kanye, anyone?) but that doesn’t mean they are unable to tap into a fantastical zeitgist. I’ve seen the movie and he failed to do both.Also he insulted the idea of true open casting when he cast 3 actors who were unable, due to bad direction or inexperience, tap the surface of the revolutionary joy that the series incorporated along with its spiritual morals and capitalist motivations. So sad. Should another movie return it is assured it would not be M NIght.

Catryona -

IMHO a lot of the reviewers are so negative because they missed the best part of the movie - the emotional journey of the protagonist. It was really understated (compared to the other plot developments, which were broadcast on megaphone generally) but I think a lot of people can relate to being held back by pent-up emotions. I know I can. Your article gives me hope for the sequels I’m longing for.

Valerie -

I loved the movie as just as I love the series. I thought the movie was very good and I do not think Noah Ringer ruined anything. He played the kid when it called out for a kid and he wasn’t that bad outside of that either. Once again, it is your own perspective that matters not what everyone is saying or not saying. I hope they complete 2 and 3 because I enjoyed seeing one of my favorite series come alive on the big screen.

Rebecca Weaver -

I am not surprised at how Paramount’s numbers are off by that much. They also quoted a review in their ads that was an early review of a prescreening, not the actual review which panned it. Why? Because there are no good reviews. Even the positive ones on RT are lukewarm at best, i.e. “if you ignore the bad parts, the rest is passable”.

I don’t want a “it’s just the first, it’ll get better” I want to see a film that makes me want to see a second one. I want them to get it right the first time, not pretend that this one has training wheels on it.

I went to a screening on the 6th, it was full, but by the end of the film the theater was half empty and most of the audience had turned on their cell phones and were texting/gaming. All the laughter was at the dialog, not the 1 1/2 funny moments. They booed M. Night’s name at the end credits. One guy was apologizing to his ticked off girlfriend and she’s all “You owe me TWO Eclipses for this!” and another guy said that “if the second movie comes out and they screw up Toph, Philadelphia will be nuked from orbit.”

Yeah, no ambiguity there. No “most people liked it.” For once, critics and fans and casual movie goers are on the same page. Anything else is studio spindoctoring.

Astra -

@Queen No, majority of those who have went to see this movie have come out to say it’s bad. If a movie is bad, it’s bad no one is jumping on any bandwagon. Good films don’t get 8% on Rotten Tomatoes, and if sales for Last Airbender continue to decline that should say enough about the film.

If you liked the film, that’s fine it’s your opinion, but just because several others hold a different one then yours doesn’t mean they aren’t telling the truth or are lying.

J -

I liked the movie too. i went to a packed screen this monday and noticed that there were less than 20% children in the audience, and almost everyone seemed to come out happy. I really really don’t know why people are writing such negative reviews about a movie which seems more complete than LOTR1 when it came out. People need to realize that this is part 1 of a 3 part series, and not a movie in itself. Part 2 will not be a sequel, but merely a continuation of the main story.

Queen -

I loved the movie…it was great for a first movie…the second of course will be far better!
I and my friends loved it! Don’t know whats with the all the negative talk. Its just part 1. People jumping on bandwagon’s instead of telling the truth. This was a good film. Can’t wait til Part 2.

TLAbyShyamlangadingdong -

Yup, in fact if u do watch the movie, just pay like $7.50 for toy story 3, then watch like 3 other movies after it, NEVER pay for this movie

Jorell -

The boycott is working! Woo! Thank you guys for banding together to promote Shyamalan’s speedy retirement. Do not watch the movie. It is a horror to see such potential be destroyed.

jeff -

movie sucked

jeff -

TOO much movement for TOO little bending.All that moving for like ONE attack!!lmao.Weak story terrible casting and an even worse ending.No kyoshi warriors and the movie was book one water and ends unfinished!They re trying to set it up for a three or four part movie series.NOT gonna happen I won’t waste my money again.Just like dragon ball some things are better left animated.

lina88 -

I hope anyone and everyone overseas goes and sees The Last Airbender again and again! I have never been so ashamed to be part of a country who thinks its correct for some pompous little men and women called the critic to set out to maliciously destroy a man and his movie. Then you have all these Twi fans pretending they saw the movie and bad mouthing it because they are scared it might give Eclipse some competition. I truly hope this backfires and Eclipse does so much worse than what is predicted. If anyone overseas reads this pass along the idea that they are still countries where freedom is still valued and you don’t have to be a zombie and only see what a critic wants you to see or be part of a negative campaign led by obessive, rude little girls that are vicious in their intent (Twifans)!
Also save me from anyone that is not the targeted audience making any kind of negative opinion. This was not intended for 21 year old men. It’s a great feel good movie, with pretty neat special effects (a family movie). You feel good when you walk out like you have been entertained! I am in my 40’s and my husband I took a few kids varying in ages from 8-16. Five of us total and we loved this movie and intend to buy the DVD.

catrina -

does anybody have an idea why in the world eclipse comes out in major territories like england and germany weeks later??? i really can’t make sense of that, since i found out that a lot of the people already have seen the movie online through leaked copies. they are all over the internet. why doesn’t anybody do somthing against that?? i’ve never seen a movie been hurt that bad through piracy like eclipse. on one site it had 490 000 illegal downloads on it. on just ONE site, from like a dozen or more. imagine all this people would have gone to the movies, eclipse would have made millions more. i don’t get it, they really should have premiered at the same time here in germany, they lost sooo much money already.

LLamma -

Which proves that people will consciously spend their money on terrible movies.

And racist casting.

zgille -


>>>>>You are criticizing a film on a very weak premise.

I’m not criticiznig anything. This is a brief box-office report, not a film review.

>>>>Your entire style in writing is very poor.

Oh, no…

>>>>>>>Many suppositions are included in your article.

Like how many? That “The Last Airbender,” with $70m in five days will in all likelihood fail to reach $300m at the domestic box office?

Hell, “Eclipse” (with $175m after six days) will have some trouble reaching that figure.

>>>>In order to support your arguments, maybe you could have use some comparative data, statistics, trends in terms of movie type of this genre.

Good point. The reason I felt that was unnecessary was because it seemed obvious that a movie that grossed $70m after five days would have trouble multiplying that number by four, considering that — as has been pointed out in some of my other box-office reports — action movies tend to drop between 50-60% on the second weekend. And the road is downhill from there.

Also, as I mentioned in a previous post about “The Last Airbender,” it got an initial “C” rating at CinemaScore (poll of moviegoers). Movies with that sort of rating don’t last very long, as I’ve also mentioned before.

“The Last Airbender” isn’t gonna turn out to be another “Avatar.” I believe that should be obvious as well without my having to resort to detailed data analysis and chart comparisons.

tom -

I like the Avatar cartoon and went into seeing this expecting to like it. I wish all I had to say was don’t waste your time. The story makes sudden jumps. If you haven’t seen the cartoon you’ll barelly understand the character realationships. The fight seens were too simplistic and dull. There was barelly any bending. Save your money and watch the cartoon. One of the easiest special effects should have been Zuko’s scar but in the movie it looks like a slight sun burn. The best I can say is M. Night Shyamalan tried to put to much in to little of time.

James -


It doesn’t seem at all likely that The Last Airbender will get that far, but that’s where the overseas market should come to the rescue.

You are criticizing a film on a very weak premise. Your entire style in writing is very poor. Many suppositions are included in your article. In order to support your arguments, maybe you could have use some comparative data, statistics, trends in terms of movie type of this genre.

Walter -

I just saw “The Last Airbender” and while I can definitely agree that the storyline leaves out a lot and the pronunciation of some of the names are wrong, I thought it was a decent movie. Some of the scenes (ex. the beginning sequence) is pretty much spot on to the cartoon sequence

Gina -

I hope that this movie earns enough to motivate them to make part two!! I am ticked off because of the way this movie was made which is unfinished. They may as well have wrote to be continued…. maybe at the end. Who wants to wait a year or two to see THE END? At least twilight seems complete when the movie is over and then its an added bonus to get a few more movies out of it. Jeeze, not to mention the action in this movie was in slow motion, I got bored! My son watches the cartoon that this movie mimic(poorly) and I would suggest to watch that…..

Helen -

I don’t see it making New Moon numbers. It will end around $500 million. The Twihards are growing up and their are better young adult novels like The Hunger Games taking their attention.

Mercy -

Natasha, are you sure Jacob has many fans than Edward? Well you’re absolutely wrong!!!There are so many Team Edward like in my country Philippines. look at the result of MTV awards. Though Robert is just a supporting in New Moon, he beat Taylor. So it means there are so many Team Edward.
Taylor is fake??? look at his interview he’s not real unlike robert and kristen. Taylor is very obssess for “fame”. He’s not qualified for the part of Jcob Black!

Mercy -

the highlights of the movie is Edward-Bella tandem not the manipulator Jacob.

James -

Zac - Although The Last Airbender won’t get even close to recovering its $150m production costs (in addition to $130m in marketing costs) at the North American box office, it will likely not turn out to be the total disaster many had been predicting just a few days ago.

Are you a Psychic? If not, the above is the worst paragraph is persuasive. Cheers,

zgille -

I say that “big, special-effects-laden movies tend to do extremely well abroad.”

I didn’t say that ONLY “big, special-effects-laden movies tend to do extremely well abroad.”

Anyways, “Robin Hood” IS big. And it makes use of special effects, too.
And it did well abroad, so…

pook -

Big, special effects-laden movies do well overseas? You mean, like Robin Hood?

bluebell -

eclipse is still strong. the twi-hards definitely will return to their sit for this weekend for 2nd time, and the overseas box office still not counted until tuesday or monday. eclipse is doing really good with cost only usd 68 millions, they have reached usd 250 million for only 5 days.

everyone who think otherwise is definitely under estimate the movie and the fans.

Angela -

I disagree with Natasha, and it’s unfair to compare Eclipse with Spider-Man. Spider-Man has fans across generations and gender, while Twilight is still a recent thing, and the fan base hasn’t across geneder yet. So, one would expect that Spider-Man does better in the box office. And I think Spider-Man 2 was a well-thought out movie, while as much as I like Eclipise I think the movie studio rushed the production. Something has suffered because of it.

No offence.. to the Twi-hard, because I’m one myself, although I’m quite with Team Edward.

Natasha -

Team Jacob has more fans. No one cares about Edward and Bella. If there was more Jacob and less Edward, this may have broken the record.

renate -

Last Airbender is just so bad

Marty -

I don’t think comparing any movie to the box office of ‘Eclipse’ is exactly a fair thing. 30 mil in the first day is amazing. Airbender is doing very, very well. I personally liked. Im not sure what I expected, but this was good. Most people seemed to like it too. The ones that didn’t wouldn’t shut up, however. I hope thats not a rude thing to say, but its true. Its a good movie for young viewers.

Gina -

Kristen seems like an awesome “one of a kind person” but the reason I stood in line for 6 hours to see Eclipse opening night was the Jacob/Bella kiss. The audience made noise whenever Taylor came on the screen. Eclipse was well worth the wait!

zgille -


Numbers for “The Last Airbender” aren’t bad at all. They’re just not enough for the movie to recover its $150m production cost (plus $130m in advertising costs) in the domestic market. Not sure if distribution costs are included. If not, then the movie gets even more expensive.

According to Box Office Mojo, 1,606 theaters are showing “The Last Airbender” in 3D.

A “Los Angeles Times” report stated that some theaters were alternating between “The Last Airbender” and “Toy Story 3.” Perhaps one on a couple of screens; another on a couple of other screens.

Angela -

Actually, in my area The Last Airbender wasn’t even shown in 3D. All the 3D screens are still showing Toy Story 3. If my memory serves me correctly it’s the first movie that has a 3D version but for whatever reason the movie theatre chains that control the local theatres here decide not to show this movie in 3D in my area. It leads me to wonder how many people actually have a choice to see it in 3D… then perhaps the numbers that come in for this movie isn’t *that* bad as one might imagine.

Ehvalinaashines. -

As long as It is adjusted for inflation which is what really counts then i am cool That twilight still hasn’t surpassed TDK . That movie was bomb. hehe. :)

All is good

bettyel -

I correctly predicted New Moon’s domestic gross at almost 300 million. I now predict Eclipse’s domestic gross total at 400 million and with worldwide thrown in, 3/4 billion. I’ll be interested to see how close I come. I loved the film and can’t wait to see it again asap.

saerint -

my highest admiration to Kristen stewart.. she was the reason i watched Twilight the 1st saga.. she was great amazing.she really nailed bella Joan Jet she shocked us with her performance,welcome to the riley i just saw the trailer..she’s mesmerizing,great and oscar contender i might say.. i’m not being biased. its just that we have to painfully realized that she is and will be a great actress.. and her personality genuine and real..she’s so different form the rest of the hollywood celebrity..wish to see her winning oscars in her future

MarissaUV -

with should be *without* without her the movie would have sucked.

MarissaUV -

Wendy you are my hero! Honestly, Kristen carried this whole damn movie. She’s in about every scene with the camera shoved two inches from her face. She and the secondary characters were the only ones that actually acted. Rob pouted while occasionally kissing Bella. Jacob preened for the prettiest boy on the rez 2010 award. It was a team effort, but with Stewart it would have been abysmal.

The site should have used another picture. Rob was utterly forgettable this time around. The new Victoria was awful. People laughed when she and Edward were fighting. I can say that Xavier Samuel did well as the newest villain, but he didn’t have enough parts. I’m glad the movie is breaking records because Kristen gets a part of the gross and I want the best for her, since she completely carries these movies.

mh -

>>>>>>>>>>>That’s actually not true.

I stand corrected.

I was thinking of movies that cost more than $50m (inflation adjusted) to make. That’s why I didn’t include “New Moon” in my original article.

However, I somehow misread Box Office Mojo’s report on “New Moon,” as the movie *did* cost $50m to make.

>>>>>>>Again New Moon owns that record. New Moon only cost $40 million to make and it made $72 million in a single day. Almost DOUBLE it’s production cost.

Actually, it cost $50m.

>>>>>>P.S. Eclipse is a group effort with Kristen Stewart (the main lead), Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. I don’t know why you didn’t put one of the thousand group pictures of them to represent the film instead of the picture of Pattinson alone.

The Pattinson picture wasn’t my choice, but the editor’s. According to him, we hadn’t used that image before. That’s why it was used this time around.

Editor adds we don’t have “thousands” of “Eclipse” pictures. Maybe a couple of dozen?

>>>>>>>>>This site has a hardon for Pattinson and lacks objectivity.

(BLUSHING) Oh, my!
Now, don’t expect objectivity anywhere in life. Human beings are subjective by nature.

As for the “hardon” remark…
I think I’ll just choose to blush and let it drop…

Wendy -

The third installment in the Twilight Saga may also have a place in box-office history as the only major release ever to, on a single day, gross more than its production cost (officially $68m). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>That’s actually not true. Again New Moon owns that record. New Moon only cost $40 million to make and it made $72 million in a single day. Almost DOUBLE it’s production cost. Eclipse holds the record for biggest WEDNESDAY opening and biggest IMAX opening (beating out Transformers) only. P.S. Eclipse is a group effort with Kristen Stewart (the main lead), Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. I don’t know why you didn’t put one of the thousand group pictures of them to represent the film instead of the picture of Pattinson alone. This site has a hardon for Pattinson and lacks objectivity.


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