Twilight sets records

05 July, 2010 by IF

By Brendan Swift and Emma Brown

The Twilight franchise has continued its box office domination with the third instalment of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse carving out multiple top 10 Australian records.

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The vampire love story grossed more than $12.99 million since last Thursday ranking it as the eigth biggest Australian opening weekend of all time.

It also posted the fourth highest opening day of all time with more than $4.42 million, just behind The Twilight Saga: New Moon in third place with $5.04 million. The final Lord of the Rings instalment, The Return of the King, still holds the first spot with $5.29 million.

Eclipse also broke the record for the sixth highest number of opening screens in Australian history with 536. Baz Luhrmann's Australia holds the record with 634 screens.

The result is a coup for local distributor Hoyts, which has distributed the film on more screens than any other in its history. The film's screen average was $24,236.

The film has also performed strongly overseas with an estimated wordwide gross of $US261.2 million to date compared to its budget of about $US68 million, according toDeadline Hollywood.

Eclipse is the third screen adaptation of the top-selling Stephenie Meyer novel about a love triangle between brooding vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), his human love Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

Meanwhile, Disney's Toy Story 3 has continued to perform strongly at the Australian box office in its second week, posting a 13 per cent decline to take $6.4 million. It has now taken $18.35 million in total. The Paramount-distributed Shrek Forever After also posted a 13 per cent decline in its third week to take $2.41 million, boosting its total to $17.84 million.

Among Australian films, Animal Kingdom took a further $317,867 – a 26 per cent drop in its fifth week – across 74 screens. It has now taken more than $3.66 million in total.

 
Film Title
Release Date
Distributor
Screens
Opening
Weekend ($)
1
TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, THE
19-Nov-09
HOYTS
530
16,099,648
2
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
15-Jul-09
WARNER BROS
485
14,330,931
3
TWO TOWERS, THE
26-Dec-02
ROADSHOW
424
14,139,499
4
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
24-Jun-09
PARAMOUNT
457
13,642,520
5
STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH
19-May-05
FOX
535
13,350,781
6
SIMPSON's MOVIE, The
26-Jul-07
FOX
442
13,230,894
7
SHREK 2
17-Jun-04
UIP/UNIVERSAL
437
13,158,161
8
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, THE
01-Jul-10
HOYTS
536
12,990,707
9
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
11-Jul-07
WARNER BROS
500
12,871,680
10
RETURN OF THE KING, THE
26-Dec-03
ROADSHOW
453
12,752,305

Source: MPDAA


 

 

 

 

 

 

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