'Eclipse' No. 1 overseas, but second to 'Moon'
'Shrek' follows with record France debut; 'Toy Story' is No. 3
It was all Bella, Edward and Jacob on the foreign theatrical circuit over the Fourth of July weekend as "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soared to the coveted No. 1 boxoffice perch with a resounding $104.6 million drawn over five days from 6,951 screens in 42 territories.
The third installment of Summit Entertainment's "Twilight" franchise based on the novels of Stephenie Meyer recorded mighty openings in Australia ($11 million from 536 screens for a per-screen average of slightly more than $20,000), Mexico ($8.5 million from 469 sites) and in New Zealand ($1.4 million from 94 locations, an exceptionally hefty figure for this market).
In Spain, despite unseasonably high temperatures, the boxoffice result was $10.5 million from 720 spots, as per Summit. In the relatively tiny market of Chile, the five-day gross was $988,135 from 42 sites for a per-screen average of nearly $24,000.
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