'Eclipse' overshadows all movie competition
Third installment in vampire series tops box office
"The Twilight saga: Eclipse" did just that, by eclipsing all other new movies over the nation's Fourth of July weekend. The third installment in the popular vampires versus werewolves saga grossed $69 million, breaking records.
'The Twilight saga: Eclipse' did just that, by eclipsing all other new movies over the nation's Fourth of July weekend.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Opening on 8,000 screens at an opening-record 4, 416 theaters, the third movie based on the best-selling novels set three other movie-going records. "Eclipse" became the top-grosser of midnight screenings with $30 million in movie ticket receipts, beating the previous record of $26.3 million set in November of last year by the last "Twilight" movie, "New Moon." It was also the largest Wednesday gross of all time surpassing "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and the top-grossing summer release ever, surpassing "The Dark Knight" $67.2 million dollars.
In spite of murderous reviews, "The Last Airbender" debuted at second place with $40.7 million. A Paramount live-action film adaptation based on the first season of the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated television series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," the epic adventure fantasy film is being released in 3-D to many markets. "Airbender" is estimated to rake 53.2 million dollars over the weekend since opening Thursday.
Into its third week, "Toy Story 3" is third. The Pixar/ Disney animated blockbuster has grossed $289 million in dollars in domestic sales, and is closing on the 300 million-dollar benchmark.
"Grown Ups," a comedy written and starred by Adam Sandler is in fourth place, and "Knight & Day," an action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz is in fifth place.
The top 10 American movies for the Fourth of July weekend looked something like this:
1. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
2. "The Last Airbender"
3. "Toy Story 3"
4. "Grown Ups"
5. "Knight and Day"
6. "The Karate Kid"
7. "The A-Team"
8. "Get Him to the Greek"
9. "Shrek Forever After"
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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