Twilight Debut Already Breaking Records

It opens in more than 4,400 theaters at midnight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2010 6:54 PM CDT
Twilight Debut Already Breaking Records
In this film publicity image released by Summit Entertainment, Catalina Sandino Moreno is shown in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Kimberley French)

The latest Twilight movie already has one record under its belt as it opens with the widest domestic release in box-office history. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was booked in a record 4,416 theaters for midnight screenings tonight. That beats the previous record of 4,380 theaters set less than 2 months ago by Iron Man 2.

Along with midnight screenings, some theaters are scheduling showings at 3 am to meet demand as fans line up for the movie. The second installment in the vampire-romance franchise, last November's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, leads the box-office charts for best opening day with $72.7 million. The movie's opening weekend of $142.8 million is No. 3 on the all-time chart. (Read more Twilight stories.)

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