“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” box office numbers and analysis 7/16 - 7/29 NOTE: Box office totals for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse from 6/30 - 7/15 are posted HERE.

UPDATE THURSDAY, JULY 29 4:30 PM:

Theater counts for the week of Friday, July 30 - Thursday, August 5 reflect a decrease of 787 for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to 2,334 locations. It drops from #5 to #9 behind Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore opening at 3,705 locations, Salt with 3,612 (no change), Despicable Me with 3,594 (loss of 6), Inception with 3,545 (loss of 247), Dinner for Schmucks opening at 2,911 locations, Charlie St. Cloud opening at 2,720, Ramona and Beezus with 2,719 (no change), and The Sorcerer's Apprentice with 2,524 (loss of 980). UPDATE THURSDAY, JULY 29:

Box office numbers are in for Wednesday, July 28. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $1,063,719 from 3,121 locations for a per theater average of $341 representing a decrease of 7.8% from Tuesday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $283,126,985 after 29 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $326.4M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $609,526,985.

It stays in seventh place behind Inception with $5,522,151 at 3,792 locations for a per theater average of $1,456 and a domestic cumulative total of $160,539,271 after 13 days in release, Salt with $3,645,745 at 3,612 locations, Despicable Me with $3,311,405, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $1,193,167, Toy Story 3 with $1,314,743, and Ramona and Beezus with $1,201,422. Rounding out the top 10 behind Eclipse are Grown Ups with $971,895, The Last Airbender with $516,848, and Predators with $370,701. Indie drama The Kids Are All Right is in 11th place with $303,643 from just 201 locations for a per theater average of $1,511, the #1 average of the top 14 films. It's earned $5,803,961 on a budget of $4M after 20 days.

For those comparing the films in The Twilight Saga, it should be noted that Eclipse is staying ahead of New Moon in cumulative domestic totals over time. At this point in its release history (after 29 days) New Moon had taken in $271,578,179. Eclipse is now at $283,126,985. Both films hit the $250M mark on the 16th day.


UPDATE WEDNESDAY, JULY 28:

Box office numbers are in for Tuesday, July 27. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $1,153,384 from 3,121 locations for a per theater average of $370, representing an increase of 6.5% from Monday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $282,063,266 after 28 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $326.4M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $608,463,266.

It stays in seventh place behind Inception with $6,068,219 at 3,792 locations for a per theater average of $1,600 and a domestic cumulative total of $155,017,120, Salt with $4,378,771 at 3,612 locations, Despicable Me with $3,617,335, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $1,381,045, Toy Story 3 with $1,378,846, and Ramona and Beezus with $1,355,861. Rounding out the top 10 behind Eclipse are Grown Ups with $1,066,380, The Last Airbender with $589,055, and Predators with $404,339. Indie drama The Kids Are All Right is in 11th place with $319,681 from just 201 locations for a per theater average of $1,590, second only to Inception of all films measured. It's earned $5,500,318 on a budget of $4M after 19 days.


UPDATE TUESDAY, JULY 27:

Box office numbers are in for Monday, July 26. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $1,082,620 from 3,121 locations for a per theater average of $347, representing a drop of 46.8% from Sunday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $280,909,882 after 27 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $326.4M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $607,309,882.

It moves up from eighth to seventh place behind Inception with $6,065,477 at 3,792 locations for a per theater average of $1,600 and a domestic cumulative total of $148,948,901, Salt with $4,122,637 at 3,612 locations, Despicable Me with $3,132,225, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $1,180,057, Toy Story 3 with $1,171,706, and Ramona and Beezus with $1,125,361. Rounding out the top 10 behind Eclipse are Grown Ups with $938,564, The Last Airbender with $535,407, and Predators with $420,728. Indie drama The Kids Are All Right is in 11th place with $270,688 from just 201 locations for a per theater average of $1,347, second only to Inception of all films measured. It's earned $5,180,637 on a budget of $4M after 18 days.


UPDATE MONDAY, JULY 26 4:00 PM:

ACTUALS ARE IN: The final domestic box office numbers for its fourth weekend show that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished eighth with $7,186,170 from 3,121 locations for a per theater average of $2,303. This represents a decrease of 46.5% from the previous weekend of July 16-18. The film's domestic cumulative total is now $279,827,262 through its first 26 days of release. This is the official tally which, including the actual numbers for Friday-Sunday, has been revised slightly upward by $53,262 from the previously announced $279,674,000. It has now earned $326.4M overseas, giving Eclipse a current worldwide total of $606,227,262.

It falls from fourth to eighth place behind Inception, which drops 32% but stays on top in its second weekend with $42,725,012 at 3,792 locations for a per theater average of $11,267 and a domestic cumulative total of $142,883,424, Salt with $36,011,243 in its opening weekend at 3,612 locations, Despicable Me with $23,689,060, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $9,651,495, Toy Story 3 with $8,917,512, Ramona and Beezus opening with $7,810,481, and Grown Ups with $7,428,742. Rounding out the top 10 behind Eclipse are The Last Airbender with $4,217,021 and Predators with $3,120,656. Indie drama The Kids Are All Right is in 11th place, increasing a whopping 143.8% after adding 163 locations for a total of 201. It took in $2,594,758 for a per theater average of $12,909, far surpassing any other film in the top 15. It's earned $4.9M on a budget of $4M after three weeks.

The daily breakdown, with percent change from the previous day, includes Friday's $2,352,457 for a per theater average of $754 (+24.6%), Saturday's $2,760,065 for a per theater average of $884 (+17.3%), and Sunday's $2,073,648 for a per theater average of $664 (-24.9%). Overall, the 3-day weekend of July 23-25 was down 46.5% from the 3-day weekend of July 16-18.

Here is the reason why this overall number is higher than the one reported by the industry on Sunday. After the Saturday box office totals came in on Sunday morning, the studio estimated what Sunday would be and came up with a weekend projection. That is standard industry procedure. Of course, Sunday figures could only be estimated at that point. The actual numbers weren't known until now. The figures that come in after the weekend are usually not too far off from the estimates made over the weekend. They usually adjust slightly up or down but are rarely far off. In this case, the numbers were underestimated for all three days, meaning that the percentage increases from Thursday to Friday, Friday to Saturday, and Saturday to Sunday were all greater than anticipated. Overall the effect was positive by $53,262, so the final number is revised upward.


UPDATE SUNDAY 4:30 PM:

New overseas totals give Eclipse an additional $20.1M from 6,580 locations in 69 markets this past weekend. This brings its cumulative international total to $326.4M. Adding its domestic box office of $279.674M gives the film a new worldwide total of $606.074M.


UPDATE SUNDAY, JULY 25 1:30 PM:

Final industry estimates show The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finishing eighth in its fourth weekend, taking in an estimated $7.033M from 3,121 locations with a per theater average of $2,253 for the Friday-Sunday period. This represents a decrease of 47.6% from the previous weekend of July 16-18. The film's domestic cumulative total is now $279.674M through its first 26 days of release. Adding in overseas returns of $288M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $567.674M.

It falls from fourth to eighth place behind Inception, which drops 37% but stays on top in its second weekend with $43.505M at 3,792 locations for a per theater average of $11,473 and a domestic cumulative total of $143,663,000, Salt with $36.5M in its opening weekend at 3,612 locations, Despicable Me with $24.1M, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $9.685M, Toy Story 3 with $9.03M, Ramona and Beezus opening with $8M, and Grown Ups with $7.6M. Rounding out the top 10 behind Eclipse are The Last Airbender with $4.173M and Predators with $2.85M. Indie drama The Kids Are All Right is in 11th place, increasing a whopping 148.8% after adding 163 locations for a total of 201. It took in $2.648M for a per theater average of $13,174, far surpassing any other film in the top 15. It's earned $4.963M on a budget of $4M after three weeks.

The daily breakdown, with percent change from the previous day, includes Friday's $2.329M for a per theater average of $746 (+23.3%), Saturday's $2.72M for a per theater average of $872 (+16.8%), and Sunday's $1.984M for a per theater average of $636 (-27.1%). Overall, the 3-day weekend of July 23-25 was down 47.6% from the 3-day weekend of July 16-18.

For those comparing the films in The Twilight Saga, it should be noted that Eclipse is continuing to outpace New Moon in cumulative domestic totals over time. At this point in its release history (after 26 days) New Moon had taken in $268,761,019. Eclipse is now at $279,674,000 (est). Both films hit the $250M mark on the 16th day.

These numbers are not "actuals," meaning they are only official estimates based on early reports. For those who are new to the box office numbers game, it may seem odd to have these figures when Sunday isn't even over yet. But it is standard procedure to have weekend totals announced at this time. After the Saturday box office totals come in on Sunday morning, studios always estimate Sunday and come up with a weekend projection. Therefore, Sunday and weekend figures can only be estimates at this point.

The actual numbers won't be known until Monday. But many years and literally thousands of projections have yielded formulas that allow the industry to predict fairly closely what Sunday will be based on Saturday's numbers and, therefore, what the weekend will look like. The actual numbers that come in after the weekend are usually not too far off from the estimates made on Sunday. They usually adjust slightly up or down but are rarely far off.


UPDATE SATURDAY, JULY 24 2:00 PM:

Final box office estimates are in for Friday, July 23. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $2.375M from 3,121 domestic locations for a per theater average of $761. This represents a 25.8% increase from Thursday. Eclipse now has a cumulative domestic total of $275,016,000 after 24 days in release.

It drops from fourth to eighth place behind Inception, which stays at the top with $13.23M in its second weekend at 3,792 locations, Salt, which opens with $12.7M, Despicable Me with $7.325M, Ramona and Beezus with $3M on its opening day, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $2.95M. Toy Story 3 with $2.625M, and Grown Ups with $2.4M. Adding in overseas returns of $288M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $563,016,000.


UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 23:

Box office numbers are in for Thursday, July 22. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $1,888,207 from 4,001 locations for a per theater average of $472, representing an increase of 2.8% from Wednesday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $272,641,092 after 23 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $288M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $560,641,092.

It stays in fourth place behind Inception, Despicable Me, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Toy Story 3 rounds out the top five.

Here are the weekly numbers for the period from Friday, July 16 - Thursday, July 22. In its third full week, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $21,269,675 from 4,001 locations for a per theater average of $5,316. This represents a 55.4% drop from the previous week. It finished in fourth place for the seven-day period behind Inception, Despicable Me and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.


UPDATE THURSDAY, JULY 22:

Box office numbers are in for Wednesday, July 21. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $1,835,913 from 4,001 locations for a per theater average of $459, representing a decrease of 12.1% from Tuesday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $270,752,885 after 22 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $288M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $558,752,885.

Theater counts for the week of Friday, July 23 - Thursday, July 29 reflect a decrease of 880 for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to 3,121 locations. For the first time since it opened the film will not be in first place in its theater count. It drops to #5 behind Inception, opener Salt, Despicable Me, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.


UPDATE WEDNESDAY, JULY 21:

Box office numbers are in for Tuesday, July 20. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $2,088,612 from 4,001 locations for a per theater average of $522, representing an increase of 2.6% from Tuesday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $270,752,885 after 22 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $288M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $556,864,823.


UPDATE TUESDAY, JULY 20:

Box office numbers are in for Monday, July 19. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $2,036,463 from 4,001 locations for a per theater average of $509, representing a drop of 46.7% from Sunday. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $266,828,360 after 20 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $288M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total $554,828,360.


UPDATE MONDAY, JULY 19:

ACTUALS ARE IN: The final domestic box office numbers for its third weekend show that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished in fourth place with $13,420,480 from 4,001 locations for a per theater average of $3,354. This represents a decrease of 57.7% from the previous weekend of July 9-11. The film's domestic cumulative total is now $264,791,897 through its first 19 days of release. This is the official tally which, including the actual numbers for Friday-Sunday, has been revised slightly downward by $100K from the previously announced $264.9M. It has now earned $288M overseas, giving Eclipse a current worldwide total of $552,791,897.

Topping the charts was Inception, which opened with $62,785,337 (adjusted upward by $2.39M). Despicable Me was next with $32,803,660 (adjusted upward by $70K) followed by The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $17,619,622 (adjusted upward by $247K). Toy Story 3 rounded out the top five.

The daily breakdown, with percent change from the previous day, includes Friday's $4,463,845 for a per theater average of $1,116 (+29.8%), Saturday's $5,134,441 for a per theater average of $1,283 (+15%), and Sunday's $3,822,194 for a per theater average of $955 (-25.6%). Overall, the 3-day weekend of July 16-18 was down 57.7% from the 3-day weekend of July 9-11. For those who wish to compare, New Moon dropped 64% in its third weekend.


UPDATE SUNDAY, JULY 18 12:00 NOON:

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished fourth in its third weekend, taking in an estimated $13.5M from 4,001 locations with a per theater average of $3,374 for the Friday-Sunday period. This represents a decrease of 57.4% from the previous weekend of July 9-11. The film's domestic cumulative total is now $264.9M through its first 19 days of release.

Topping the charts was Inception, which opened with $60.4M. Despicable Me was next with $32.734M followed by The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $17.373M. Adding in the latest foreign box office of $219M gives the film a new worldwide cumulative total of $483.9M.

The daily breakdown, with percent change from the previous day, includes Friday's $4.5M for a per theater average of $1,125 (+30.8%), Saturday's $5.1M for a per theater average of $1,275 (+13.3%), and Sunday's $3.9M for a per theater average of $975 (-23.5%). Overall, the 3-day weekend of July 16-18 was down 48.5% from the 3-day weekend of July 9-11.


UPDATE SATURDAY, JULY 17 2:30 PM:

Final box office estimates are in for Friday, July 16. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $4.5M from 4,001 domestic locations for a per theater average of $1,125. This represents a 30.8% increase from Thursday and a 59.3% decrease from last Friday. Eclipse now has a cumulative domestic total of $255.871M after 17 days in release.

It comes in fourth place behind Inception, which opens with $21.645M at 3,792 locations, Despicable Me with $10.05M, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $5.4M. Toy Story 3 rounds out the top five. Adding in overseas returns of $219M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $474.871M.


UPDATE SATURDAY, JULY 17 10:00 AM:

Early box office estimates are in for Friday, July 16. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $5M from 4,001 domestic locations for a per theater average of $1,250. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $256.37M after 17 days in release. It comes in third place behind Inception, which opens with $21M at 3,792 locations on its way to a possible $55M weekend, and Despicable Me with $11.5M. The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Toy Story 3 round out the top five.


UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 16 3:00 PM:

Box office numbers are in for Thursday, July 15. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in another $3,439,703 from 4,468 locations for a per theater average of $770, representing a decrease of 7.59% from Wednesday. This was the smallest drop of the top seven films. Eclipse now has a cumulative domestic total of $251,371,417 after 16 days in release. Adding in overseas returns of $219M gives Eclipse a current worldwide total of $470,371,417.

It moves back up to second place behind Despicable Me with $6,397,125. Moving down from second to third place is new entry The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $3,214,440. Toy Story 3 and Grownups round out the top five.

Here are the weekly numbers for the period from Friday, July 9 - Thursday, July 15. In its second full week, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $47,709,040 from 4,468 locations for a per theater average of $10,678. This was the fourth highest average of the top 30. It finished in second place for the seven-day period behind Despicable Me and ahead of Predators and Toy Story 3.

















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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

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