The Twilight Saga: Eclipse set a record overnight with over $30 million banked in less than 24 hours. That figure was even more impressive considering the second installment of the Twilight flicks, New Moon, held the record with $26.3 mil.
To be fair, Eclipse was in a record number of theaters – 4,416 for the midnight showings (with more to be added by Friday). That’s significantly the 4,380 theaters for Iron Man 2’s debut.
Still, that means a lot of fannies were in those seats, proving that Eclipse is casting one heck of a shadow over the competition.
Director M. Night Shyamalan, who is in dire need of a hit after the failures of The Happeningand Lady in the Lake, is banking on The Last Airbender’s success.
The new film, opening Friday, has its share of special effects, and shooting films with an epic scope is not intimidating for the filmmaker. After all, one of his most seminal moviegoing experiences came at the hands of George Lucas and a youth named Luke Skywalker. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN)