“Eclipse” Eclipses “New Moon” Midnight Record

the-twilight-saga-eclipseFans did not mind losing sleep on Wednesday as they trooped to cinemas to welcome the third installment of “The Twilight Saga,” setting up the vampire romance “Eclipse” for a record run at the box office.

Summit Entertainment, which has the distribution rights to “Eclipse,” said the film grossed at least $30 million from its midnight screenings on June 30, breaking the previous midnight record of $26.3 million set last year by its predecessor “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

“Eclipse” is also on track to surpass the opening day record currently held by “New Moon” at $72.7 million.

The film is a continuation of the love triangle involving teenager Bella Swan, vampire Edward Cullen, and werewolf Jacob Black. “Eclipse” is expected to rake in more dollars in the coming days as its release coincides with the Fourth of July weekend.

If “Eclipse” holds steady in the coming days, it might be able to break the biggest five-day opening for a film launched on a Wednesday. That record, which stands at $200 million, was set last year by “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”