With the Fourth of July weekend officially at an end, the final numbers for this weekend's box office performances are in — and while "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" managed to beat the martial arts-savvy "The Last Airbender," it failed to match its own predecessor's success.
"Eclipse" earned $13.5 million on Monday, resulting in a final weekend tally worth $82.5 million. The "Twilight" threequel has earned an amazing $175.3 million since opening, though it's not quite enough to topple the $178 million earned by "New Moon" in its first six days. But with an extra $100.2 million piled on thanks to foreign markets, "Eclipse" still managed to eclipse its own production budget by more than $200 million — in other words, the film is a complete success, as expected.
But "The Last Airbender" was no slouch itself, coming in second place with $12.6 million on Monday and $53.3 million for the full holiday weekend. Director M. Night Shyamalan's latest has earned $70.5 million since opening last Thursday, and while that's not a terrific performance given the movie's estimated $150 million production budget, it's nonetheless a happy result for Paramount given the martial arts epic's lousy critical reception.
Landing in third place was "Toy Story 3" with a holiday weekend total of $42.2 million, with "Grown Ups" and "Knight and Day" filling out the fourth and fifth place slots with $25.9 million and $13.8 million, respectively.
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