Eclipse premieres, breaks box office record

The worldwide event every Twilighter is waiting for!!  Eclipse has finally premiered!! So far, many Twilighters say the movie is OTT awesome, and some movie critics over at Rotten Tomatoes agree with this.

The movie has (as of today) received a Rotten rating of 50% (overall critics' consensus), but it got a Fresh rating of 65% from top critics (including Wall Street Journal, EW, New York Post, and TIME Magazine). New Moon got a low 27%.

Critics' consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.

For the uninitiated who find themselves dragged to the theater, the critics say Eclipse is a big step up from New Moon -- even if it still suffers from slack pacing and portentous dialogue. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are all back as the principals in every tween's favorite supernatural love triangle; this time, all three are threatened by an army of newborn vampires assembled for the purpose of killing Bella to indirectly enact revenge upon the Cullens. The pundits say new director David Slade does well with the material, underscoring the emotional developments with some reasonably stirring action. However, they also note Eclipse is still too often a slog, with so-so acting, middling special effects, and lots of dead passages.

Besides ratings, the movie has also broke the midnight launch record. Midnight showings of Eclipse raked in over USD30mil! However, for its first day showing, New Moon did better. Internationally, Eclipse has been released in Russia, The Philippines, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Poland, Greece, South Africa, Finland, and Hungary. From these countries, the movie managed to pull in USD16.2 mil.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse drained more of its opening day demand with its midnight launch than The Twilight Saga: New Moon did. Despite setting the midnight record with over $30 million, Eclipse's full day came in at $68.5 million, falling short of New Moon's $72.7 million record ($26.3 million of which from its midnight debut). Their first days, though, didn't have a precise apples-to-apples comparison, because Eclipse started on Wednesday, while New Moon was on a Friday.

Playing on approximately 8,000 screens at an opening-record 4,416 locations, Eclipse still had a phenomenal debut, setting two other records. The vampire romance sequel boasted the largest Wednesday gross of all time, surpassing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's $62 million. It also logged the top-grossing summer day ever, surpassing The Dark Knight's $67.2 million.

Eclipse will premiere in Malaysia on 8th July.


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