NOTE: Box office totals for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse from 6/30 - 7/15 are posted HERE. Numbers from 7/16 - 7/29 are posted HERE. Numbers from 7/30 - 8/19 are posted HERE.


UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30:

ACTUALS ARE IN: The final domestic box office numbers for its 12th weekend show that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished in 31st place with $208,477 from 339 locations for a per theater average of $615. This represents a decrease of 72% from the previous weekend of September 10-12. The cumulative domestic total is now $300,103,072 after 82 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $389,454,400 gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $689,557,472.
The daily breakdown, with percent change from the previous day, includes Friday's $60,524 for a per theater average of $179 (-15.1%), Saturday's $92,789 for a per theater average of $274 (+53.3%), and Sunday's $55,164 for a per theater average of $163 (-40.5%). Overall, the 3-day weekend of August 27-29 was down 45.5% from the 3-day weekend of August 20-22.


UPDATE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19:

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has now surpassed $300 million in domestic ticket sales. Official industry estimates show The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finishing 25th in its 12th weekend, taking in an estimated $205K from 339 locations with a per theater average of $605 for the Friday-Sunday period. This represents a decrease of 72.4% from the previous weekend of September 10-12. The film's domestic cumulative total is now $300.099M through its first 82 days of release. Adding in overseas returns of $389,454,400 gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $689,553,400.


UPDATE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18:

As I reported yesterday, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse should have hit $300 million in domestic ticket sales including Friday's box office numbers. However, distributor Summit Entertainment has not been releasing Friday figures on Saturdays along with the other studios. Unless they announce or reveal the numbers, we won't know officially until tomorrow. However, it is safe to say that the film has now hit the $300M mark.


UPDATE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:

Here is where The Twilight Saga: Eclipse stands at the moment. The film's cumulative domestic total is now $299,894,595 after 79 days in release. Adding in the latest verifiable overseas returns of $389,454,400 gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $689,348,995.

The film is now within striking distance of the elusive $300M mark. It needs $105,405 to get to that number. It took New Moon only three more days to earn an additional $105,405 after its 79th day, and Eclipse is clearly doing better. Also, New Moon dropped to 292 theaters on its 79th day while Eclipse is in 339 locations as of today. The film has never taken in less than $113,000 on any Friday since its release. Therefore, it should earn at least another $105,405 and pass $300M today (to be reported Sunday).

For those comparing the films in The Twilight Saga, after 79 days New Moon had taken in $294,196,696. Eclipse is now at $299,894,595. Both films hit the $250M mark on the 16th day. The total domestic gross for New Moon was $296,623,634. Eclipse has now surpassed that total by $3,270,961.


UPDATE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7:

The latest foreign box office total for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is $388M. This puts the film in 4th place out of the Top 10 films of the summer overseas. We will have official domestic numbers for the holiday weekend later this afternoon. If weekend estimates hold up, Eclipse will have earned $298.8M here, for a worldwide total of $686.8M.


UPDATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:

Here is a mid-week box office update. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse sits at #22 on the charts. At 476 locations, it took in another $59,749 on Monday for a per theater average of $125 and a decrease of 60% from Sunday, $60,019 on Tuesday for a per theater average of $126 and a 0.9% increase from Monday, and $53,347 on Wednesday for a per theater average of $112 and an 11.1% decrease from Tuesday. This adds up to a cumulative domestic total of $298,200,597 after 64 days in release. Adding in the latest verifiable overseas returns of $380.6M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $678,800,597.

Theater counts for the week of Friday, September 3 - Thursday, September 8 reflect a 16.8% decrease of 80 for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to 396 locations, dropping it from #22 to #23.

Keeping track of records, the film with the least number of days to reach $250M was The Dark Knight, which hit $261,847,503 after eight days. New Moon is in 13th place, having taken 16 days to reach $251,530,186. Eclipse lands just behind it in 14th place, taking 16 days to reach $251,371,417. This puts the film ahead of Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Iron Man 2, which all took 17 days to hit $250M.

So far, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has set all-time box office records for Opening Wednesdays, Single Day Wednesday Gross (non-adjusted), and Single Day Wednesday Gross (adjusted for inflation). It is in second place for Opening Day Gross, Single Day Gross, and Non-Opening Thursday Gross. Release records include Widest Releases, Widest Independent Releases, Widest Opening Independent Releases, Widest PG-13 Rated Openings, and Widest PG-13 Rated Releases.

There's been quite a bit of discussion online regarding the film's box office success. In particular, I wonder about the fairness of comparing the Twilight films against each other. Despite the fact that Eclipse is about to pass New Moon in domestic totals, the validity of judging one against the other is questionable given their strikingly different release schedules. As I've been saying since it opened, the idea was not to compete against or beat New Moon's early numbers. That may be a goal of some people but the idea is to make money, and maybe set some records in the process.

First, remember that the film's opening weekend started on a Wednesday. There is no way that a "weekend" that begins on a Wednesday can be compared to a "normal" 3-day weekend (when New Moon opened). So any comparison between the two based on how many "weekends" it's been out simply isn't valid. Next, look at the time of year the two films were released. New Moon came out during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season. It's a big time of year for Hollywood but still doesn't compare to summer, when they put out their "tentpole" films -- the potential blockbusters that will keep the studios in the black for another year. The competition is much more fierce beginning Memorial Day weekend through the 4th of July. It's simply a different marketplace.

Is Summit happy with the film's box office returns? I don't know but I'm fairly sure they must be. Again, the goal was not to "beat New Moon." That may be something the press or some others will latch on to but it may not be a fair comparison. It was very easy to compare Twilight to New Moon since they opened at the same time one year apart. Not so much New Moon to Eclipse. I think it's wise to just see how the film does over time in its own right.

Now wouldn't be a bad time to start planning for your DVD release parties. The street dates for Twilight and New Moon were both on day 121 of their theatrical runs (Saturdays). Following that line of thinking, Eclipse's 121st day will be October 28th, a Thursday. The following Saturday would be October 30th -- Halloween weekend. On the other hand, sources have told me that Summit is planning for a holiday season release -- some say November while others say Christmas time.


UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30:

ACTUALS ARE IN: The final domestic box office numbers for its ninth weekend show that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished in 22nd place with $514,653 from 476 locations for a per theater average of $1,081. This represents a decrease of 9.2% from the previous weekend of August 20-22. The cumulative domestic total is now $298,027,752 after 61 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $380.6M (the last reported number) gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $678,627,752.


The daily breakdown, with percent change from the previous day, includes Friday's $148,672 for a per theater average of $312 (+101.5%), Saturday's $217,338 for a per theater average of $457 (+46.2%), and Sunday's $148,643 for a per theater average of $312 (-31.6%). Overall, the 3-day weekend of August 27-29 was down 45.5% from the 3-day weekend of August 20-22.


UPDATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 26:

Box office numbers are in for Wednesday, August 25. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $71,270 from 557 locations for a per theater average of $128, representing a decrease of 5.5% from Tuesday. This adds up to a cumulative domestic total of $297,439,330 after 57 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $380.6M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $678,039,330.

Theater counts for the week of Friday, August 27 - Thursday, September 2 reflect a decrease of 81 for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to 476 locations, dropping it from #18 to #22.


UPDATE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25:

Here is a mid-week box office update. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse officially surpassed the domestic total of New Moon several days ago. The film took in another $75,817 on Monday from 557 locations for a per theater average of $136, representing a decrease of 53.5% from Sunday, and $75,445 on Tuesday from 557 locations, representing a 0.5% decrease from Monday. This adds up to a cumulative domestic total of $297,368,060 after 56 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $380.6M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $677,968,060.




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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

Comments (5)

  • Sam Reply


    Now I know what to watch this weekend smile

    July 01, 2010 at 7:09 am
  • confused Reply

    i'm confused. i dont understand how a 5day is 110mil when the first two days have made 92.8 mil. That is only a dif of 17.2 mil. does the 5day not include wed? does it start on thursday?

    July 02, 2010 at 4:11 pm
  • lrichman@pronetworks.org
    lrichman@pronetworks.org Reply

    confused: It took in a little over $68M on Wednesday. That is the difference between $110M and $178M. Therefore, they are counting a 5-day weekend of Thursday-Sunday and a 6-day weekend of Wednesday-Sunday.

    July 02, 2010 at 6:28 pm
  • karen Matthews Reply

    Great stuff as usual Larry..and I hope the media and the fans get to read this too see that comparing New Moon and Eclipse at this stage does not add up..Summit i think have been savy with this mid week release and the benefits I think will show in the long term..Cheers enjoy your weekend.

    July 03, 2010 at 8:55 am
  • evahlin. Reply

    so counting the adjusted inflation... it didn't outbeat the dark knight. o.o smile pretty trippy eh? haha. Now i don't have to worry no more. So it's not fair. IF it earned than 180 that means it wouldn't outbeat the dark knight. even though it might have opened on a friday, it will drastically drop and not outbeat the dark knight. it only gets better and better. smile yay

    July 03, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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