After strong midweek grosses on Monday and Tuesday, wide releases lost momentum on Wednesday.

‘Eclipse’ on the Brink of $200 Million

on July 08, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Summit's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse led the daily box office for an eighth consecutive day on Wednesday. The blockbuster fantasy sequel grossed $8.78 million for the day. After strong daily holds on Monday and Tuesday, Eclipse was down a sizable 17 percent on Wednesday, which represented one of the day's larger daily declines among wide releases. Eclipse has grossed $195.73 million thus far, which already makes it the sixth highest grossing domestic release of 2010 and places it in position to cross the $200 million mark today. Eclipse is currently running 5 percent behind the pace of last year's The Twilight Saga: New Moon and 6 percent ahead of last year's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Disney's Toy Story 3 remained in second with $5.26 million. The acclaimed computer animated sequel was down 12 percent from Tuesday and down 28 percent from last Wednesday. As we move further into the summer season, Toy Story 3 continues to perform especially well on weekdays. Yesterday saw Toy Story 3 overtake Iron Man 2 for second place on the list of this year's highest grossing domestic releases. With a 20-day gross of $313.08 million, it won't be much longer before Toy Story 3 zooms past the $334.19 million gross of fellow Disney release Alice in Wonderland for first place.

The Last Airbender held steady in third place with $4.34 million. However, Paramount's pricey adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series was down 19 percent from Tuesday. The Last Airbender had been holding up fairly well over the past week, but the combination of fan rush-out and mixed word of mouth now appears to be catching up with the film. With that said, The Last Airbender still grossed a very solid $79.04 million in its first week of release. The Last Airbender will cross the $80 million mark today and the $90 million mark over the weekend.

On the limited and platform front, yesterday saw Anchor Bay's Solitary Man reach the $3 million mark and Fox Searchlight's Cyrus clear the $2 million mark. Cyrus grossed $106,200 for the day from 77 locations, while Solitary Man grossed $57,480 from 176 locations. Cyrus will expand into an additional 123 locations this weekend to bring its count to 200 locations. Solitary Man will be holding fairly steady with a weekend location count of 173.

Tags: Cyrus, Solitary Man, The Last Airbender, Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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