July 1, 2010
'Twilight: Eclipse' makes £20m with midnight screenings
Late openings in the US keep fans up all night
Twilight: Eclipse took in a record-breaking £20 million on Tuesday night (June 29), thanks to 4000 midnight screenings across America. The previous record, £17.5 million, was held by the film's predecessor, New Moon, which in turn beat the record of Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, which had a midnight taking of £14.7 million.
Due to its midweek launch, which comes directly before the Independence Day (July 4) weekend, Eclipse is not expected to top New Moon's opening weekend record. However, it is expected to exceed the previous film's first five-day takings of £110 million.
The midnight profits won't surprise the studio, after the mass campout of Twilight fans at the Los Angeles premiere.
Meanwhile, Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in the films, was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world's most powerful celebrities this week.
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