2. “The Last Airbender” ($16 million)
3. “Toy Story 3” ($10.4 million)
4. “Grown Ups” ($7 million)
5. “Knight and Day” ($3.4 million)
What better way to kick off a Fourth of July weekend than a showdown between vampires, werewolves and super-powered martial artists? The holiday weekend kicked off in earnest on Friday as “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” easily took first place, with “The Last Airbender” following closely behind.
Bella Swan’s romantic quarrel with Edward Cullen and Jacob Black remains a reliable magnet for box office business, as the film earned $28.6 million on Friday. That’s in addition to the $24.2 million it won on Thursday, resulting in a domestic cumulative total of $121.3 million since premiering on Wednesday. Already, “Eclipse” has shattered box office records for greatest ever midnight opening and best Wednesday debut of all time. At its current pace, “Eclipse” could come close to $200 million total by the end of the holiday weekend.
Even though the supernatural shenanigans in Forks, Washington are getting the most play at the box office, M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” is holding up quite nicely as well with $16 million on Friday. Since debuting on Thursday, “Airbender” has earned a total of $32.3 million — not a bad result considering the critical beating this film is taking with an eight percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Third place belonged to Woody, Buzz and the rest of Andy’s toys as “Toy Story 3” trucked along with $10.4 million. Fourth and fifth place belonged to holdovers “Grown Ups” and “Knight and Day” with $7 million and $3.4 million respectively.
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