eclipse premiere 'Twilight: Eclipse' breaks midnight opening box office record“Twilight: Eclipse” is being herald by critics as the best “Twilight Saga” movie yet — and so far, the box office numbers reflect the same.

In its midnight release June 30, “Eclipse” grossed over $30 million on its 4000+ screens, which surpasses “Twilight: New Moon’s” previous highwater mark of $26.2 million. It also beat the previous IMAX benchmark set by “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” — “Eclipse” took in over $1 million at IMAX theaters to “Transformers’s” $959,000.

However, according to Box Office Mojo, “Eclipse” is not likely to, ahem, eclipse “New Moon’s” opening weekend total of $142.8 million due to factors like a more competitive weekend movie market and burning off demand via Wednesday and Thursday screenings.

But who knows — it still could top “New Moon.” We won’t know “Eclipse’s” final weekend numbers until Tuesday, July 6. Zap2it’s own Rick Porter thinks it could top $200 million by then.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."