Vampires Eclipse the Competition; Airbender Holds Up Surprisingly Well
By Chris Kavan - 07/05/10 at 09:07 AM CT
No surprise that the latest entry in the Twilight Saga was #1 over the holiday box office. Twilight Saga: Eclipse had a $69 million weekend, with it's record-setting Wednesday opening, it already has $161 million - but it faces an uphill battle to equal the nearly-$300 million grossing last installment New Moon.
Despite being ravaged by critics, M. Night Shyamalan's Last Airbender earned $70.5 million after opening Thursday. Still a far cry from earning its reportedly $200 million plus cost, but a solid showing none-the-less. Who knows, this franchise might not be dead.
Toy Story 3 is still not loosing much steam. With a $30.1 million gross it jumped the $300 million mark and is fast on its way to replacing Finding Nemo as Pixar's #1 film.
Finally, despite playing at only 77 locations, the Fox Searchlight comedy Cyrus earned $1.5 million for tenth place with the highest per-theater average of any film. The Jonah Hill / John C. Reilly / Marisa Tomei film may be the indie hit of the summer.