twilight eclipse robert pattinson kristenstewart 320 'Twilight: Eclipse' can't beat 'New Moon's' opening day box office numbers“Twilight: Eclipse” may have beaten “New Moon’s” midnight opening numbers, with its $30 million besting “Moon’s” $26.3 million. But “New Moon’s” opening day record of $72.7 million stays intact, as “Eclipse” “only” brought in an estimated $68.5 million.

However, “Eclipse” still had a huge opening and set two other records. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” previously held the records for largest Wednesday gross ever at $62 million, but “Eclipse” eclipsed that by over $6 million.

Secondly, “The Dark Knight” previously held the record for the top-grossing summer day of all time at $67.2 million, which “Eclipse” also narrowly beat. “Eclipse” has now posted the second-highest single day of all time, with “New Moon” in the top spot.

“Eclipse” could still beat its predecessor for opening weekend numbers — it all depends on how much Wednesday/Thursday burn-off affects the final Friday-Sunday numbers. Zap2it’s own Rick Porter predicts “Eclipse” could top $200 million in its opening weekend.

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