FIREWORKS FOR 'ECLIPSE': Can't Beat 'New Moon' But Still $280M Worldwide; 'Last Airbender' & 'Toy Story 3' Overperform

MONDAY PM UPDATE: Sources tell me that Monday’s grosses of $18M for Summit Entertainment’s Eclipse and $13.5M for Pixar/Disney’s Toy Story 3 were “huge”, while the $11.7M for Paramount’s The Last Airbender moved it down to 3rd place for the first time since the M Night Shyamalan pic’s opening day. Sony Pictures’ Grown Ups took in $7.1M Monday, Fox’s Knight And Day $3.8M, and Sony’s Karate Kid $3.1M. (I’ll update all the numbers in the morning.)

MONDAY AM: Here’s the Top 10:

1. Newcomer The Twilight Saga: Eclipse looked like a record-breaker after opening to $68.5M Wednesday from 4,468 dates for a fast start. Then third pic in the franchise, and the best-reviewed, went on to make $24.2M Thursday, $28.6M Friday, $23.9M Saturday, $13.7 Sunday, and an estimated $16.4M Monday. eclipse orangeSo that’s a non-record-breaking $69M for the 3-day weekend, and $82.5M for the 4-day July Fourth Holiday, $162 for the first 5 days, and a total $175.3M for the full 6-day release. No, it didn’t beat New Moon‘s $179M over a Thanksgiving weekend. But don’t forget that Fourth Of July is a dramatically down day for movie attendance. Nor could Eclipse beat Spider-Man 2 which still holds the 6-day July 4th holiday record with $180M. Despite all that, Eclipse made gobs of money, so Summit is ecstatic — especially because the threequel made inroads with males (65% female/35% male) compared to the sequel (only 80%/20%). And it received an “A” Cinemascore. Overseas, comparing it to New Moon is again apples to oranges. New Moon opened day and date internationally, while Eclipse rolls out over the next two weeks because of the World Cup. Nevertheless Eclipse topped the foreign circuit this weekend with $104.6M from 6,951 screens in a relatively contained opening break of 42 territories. Major countries like the UK, France and Germany open in the coming weeks. Worldwide total: $279.6MM. Film’s budget: $68M.

2. Paramount keeps revising newcomer The Last Airbender‘s grosses upwards because of its better-than-expected performance at the domestic box office. M Night Shyamalan’s 3D epic opened to $16M Thursday from 3,169 theaters, including the $3 million from its midnight shows, and added another $16.6M Friday. But Saturday’s take went down to $14.5M and Sunday’s $9.3M because of the usual July 4th downturn. Still, helped by higher 3D ticket prices, the pic based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series debuted to $40.5M for the 3-day weekend, $53.1M for the 4-day holiday and a 5-day cume of $70.5M by end of Monday — much more than Paramount expected.

3. Starting its third week is Pixar/Disney’s Toy Story 3 with $10.5 Friday and $11.3M Saturday and $8.3M Sunday from 4,028 plays. That’s a 3D-aided $30.2M 3-day weekend and a $42.2M for the 4-day holiday weekend. The pic’s cume after 18 days is a whopping $301M, which is the fastest any animated film in history has reached that mark. Internationally, Toy Story 3 made $28.5M in 34 territories representing 37% of the overseas market. Its cume from abroad is $153.2M so the worldwide cume is now $454.3M.

4. Grown Ups (Sony) Week 2 [3,534 Theaters]
Friday $6.8M, Saturday $7.0M, Sunday $5.1M, 3-Day Weekend $19.1M
4-Day Holiday $26.5M, Cume $85M

An expected -53% hold given Adam Sandler’s reliablility at the box office and despite dismal reviews.

5. Knight and Day (Fox) Week 2 [3,104 Theaters]
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $3.9M, Sunday $3.1M, 3-Day Weekend $10.4M
4-Day holiday $14M, Cume $49.3M

A better-than-expected -49% hold demonstrating that this much media-maligned pic is finding an adult audience. But will Fox brass and Tom Cruise be relieved with its $10.2M second weekend out?

6. Karate Kid (Sony) Week 4 [3,109 Theaters]
Friday $2.7M, Saturday $3.1M, Sunday $2.2M, 3-Day Weekend $8.1M
4-Day Holiday $11.5M, Cume $155M

7. The A Team (Fox) Week 4 [2,153 Theaters]
Friday $1.0M, Saturday $1.1M, Sunday $905K, 3-Day Weekend $3.1M
4-Day Holiday $4.2M, Cume $70.3M

8. Get Him To The Greek (Universal) Week [884 Theaters]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $470K, Sunday $342K, 3-Day Weekend $1.2M
4-Day Holiday $1.6M, Cume $57.9M 

9. Shrek Forever After 3D (DWA/Par) Week 7 [957 Theaters]
Friday $273KM, Saturday $310K, Sunday $265K, 3-Day Weekend $847K
Est 4-Day Holiday $1.2M, Cume $232.6M

10. Cyrus (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [77 Theaters]
Friday $240K, Saturday $314K, Sunday $225K, 3-Day Weekend $774K
4-Day Holiday $1.0M, Cume $1.7M

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