'Eclipse' brings in $24.2 mil Thursday

'The Last Airbender' debuts to $16.4 mil

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" continued to seduce plenty of moviegoers Thursday as it took in an estimated $24.2 million, but it isn't exerting quite as strong a gravitational pull as its predecessor "New Moon," which took in $42.3 million on its second day of release in November.

At the crowded multiplex, Thursday also saw the debut of Paramount's mythic fantasy "The Last Airbender" in 3,169 locations, including 1,606 3D playdates. The PG-rated tale directed by M. Night Shyamalan took in $16.4 million, including the $3 million it scored at midnight screenings as it aims for number two status in the weekend listings.

Summit's vampire- and werewolf-filled romance has collected about $92.8 million during its first two days of release in 4,416 theaters in North America, which compares to "Moon's" first two-day gross of nearly $115 million.

But the two films are following slightly different release patterns. "Moon" opened on a Friday and pulled in $142.8 million over its first, three-day weekend.

"Eclipse" dawned with 12 a.m. screenings on Wednesday, establishing a new Wednesday opening boxoffice record of $68.5 million, including its monster $30 million midnight screenings. By the end of this holiday weekend, "Eclipse" is expected to have collected more than $150 million in its first six days.

Additionally, Summit reported that the movie attracted an estimated $16.2 million on its first day of release Wednesday in 21 foreign markets, including Italy, Brazil and Russia.
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