'Eclipse' opens ahead of 'New Moon' in major foreign countries
Foreshadowing a potentially huge overseas box-office performance for the latest installment in the fan favorite vampire romance series, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" had a bigger opening day Thursday than its predecessor "New Moon" had last November in 13 major and mid-sized foreign markets.
The most successful opening was in Russia, where "Eclipse" sold $3.9 million worth of tickets on its first day. Other strong showings for the third "Twilight" movie included Italy, where it collected $3.2 million, Brazil with $2.4 million, and Spain with $2 million.
In Belgium, "Eclipse" beat "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" to record the biggest opening day of all time with $735,000.
"Eclipse" grossed an estimated $16.2 million in total from 21 international markets on its first day, according to distributor Summit Entertainment. By this weekend, it will be playing in a total of 42 foreign countries.
"New Moon" grossed a total of $413 million overseas, $117 million more than in the U.S. and Canada.
-- Ben Fritz
Photo: Fans wait for red carpet arrivals at the London premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" on Thursday. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press