Austin American-Statesman - - MONDAY BRIEFING -

“The Twi­light Saga: Eclipse” drew an es­ti­mated $161 mil­lion out of North Amer­i­can the­aters in its first five days of re­lease, a spec­tac­u­lar if not quite record-break­ing re­sult. And au­di­ences de­fied crit­ics to make “The Last Air­ben­der” No. 2.

The gross was big enough to rank “Eclipse” third on Hollywood’s all-time list of Wed­nes­day-open­ing movies, be­hind “Trans­form­ers: Re­venge of the Fallen” (2009) and “Spi­der-Man 2” (2004), when ad­justed for in­fla­tion, box of­fice an­a­lysts said.

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