“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” took in a massive $30 million from Tuesday night midnight screenings on 4,000 screens in the U.S. reports Box-Office Mojo.
The figure easily broke the record for the all-time highest grossing midnight opening for a film, a record held by its predecessor “New Moon” which scored $26.3 million. ‘New Moon’ however opened on a Friday before a regular November weekend, whereas ‘Eclipse’ opens on the Wednesday before the July 4th holiday weekend.
The sequel’s box-office haul for the next few days is currently anybody’s guess. While it won’t beat New Moon’s opening weekend record due to the mid-week launch, it is expected to top the $164 million first five day haul of ‘Moon’.
Reviews for this third film in the saga have been around the same as the first film and notably stronger than the second. “Eclipse” has scored a 58/100 score on Metacritic as compared with a ’56’ and ’44’ for the previous two films. On Rotten Tomatoes it currently sits at a 50% approval rating and a /10 average score, as compared with a 50% (5.5/10) and 27% (4.6/10) for the other two films.