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'Eclipse' reaps $175 million over first six days; 'Last Airbender' grosses $70 million

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eclipse-twilightImage Credit: Kimberley FrenchThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse couldn’t match the first six days of its predecessor, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but with $175 million in its coffers, the film still pulled off one of the biggest openings ever. (New Moon earned $178 million in its first six days.) Female audiences internationally swooned for the third installment of the popular series, which now boasts a worldwide gross of $275 million.

The Last Airbender performed incredibly well, grossing $70 million over its first five days. The PG-rated film from M. Night Shyamalan has its own rabid fan base that came out in droves despite dismal reviews. And the movie’s three-day weekend gross of $40 million marks the third highest for Shyamalan, behind Signs and The Village.

Toy Story 3, Grown Ups, and Knight and Day dominated the rest of the top five. Toy Story 3 crossed the $300 million mark as expected, with a four-day gross of $42 million. It now stands as the second highest-grossing Pixar film. (It will surpass Finding Nemo shortly.) Grown Ups took in $26 million for the four days, bringing its cume to $85 million. Knight and Day generated $14 million for its second weekend in theaters. The Tom Cruise-starrer’s total take is hovering near $50 million. Hope the holiday was a good one. Til next week…

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Box office chart: Four-day weekend numbers