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July 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse “only” took in $82.5 million over the four-day Fourth of July holiday, Summit Entertainment, its producer, estimated on Monday. That would bring its total to $175.3 million since its opening last Wednesday. Both the weekend and six-day total were somewhat below predictions and less than the last Twilight movie, New Moon, earned during its opening last November. Still, Summit executives were obviously thrilled with the result. “We couldn’t have gotten off to a better start,” Richie Fay, president of domestic distribution for Summit Entertainment, told USA Today. “It’s hard to predict the Fourth of July holiday because it’s so weather-related.” But arguably an even more impressive achievement was pulled off by Paramount’s The Last Airbender, which collected $53.2 million over the four days and $70.5 million since Thursday, well above analysts’ predictions. The movie had received scathing reviews from critics and not much better ones from moviegoers who posted their comments on various entertaiment-related websites. Of 113 online reviews posted by, only 9 were positive. Overall, the box office was up 20 percent over the comparable weekend a year ago.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date). Figures are estimates and do not include Monday’s results. Final results will be posted later today:

1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Summit Entertainment, $69,000,000, 1 Wk. ($161,000,000); 2. The Last Airbender, Paramount, $40,525,000, 1 Wk. ($56,825,000); 3. Toy Story 3, Disney/Pixar, $30,174,000, 3 Wks. ($289,000,000); 4. Grown Ups, Sony, $19,100,000, 2 Wks. ($77,681,000); 5. Knight & Day, 20th Century Fox, $10,400,000, 2 Wks. ($45,708,000); 6 . The Karate Kid, Sony, $8,100,000, 4 Wks. ($151,623,000); 7. The A-Team, 20th Century Fox, $3,150,000, 4 Wks. ($69,240,000); 8. Get Him to the Greek, Universal, $1,251,000, 5 Wks. ($57,492,000); 9. Shrek Forever After, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $847,000, 7 Wks. ($232,230,000); 10. Cyrus, Fox Searchlight, $774,000, 3 Wks. ($1,492,000).