'Twilight' sets box office record in $68.5M debut

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Actors Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson arrive at the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' during the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" has broken another box-office record.

The latest chapter in the vampire adventure took in $68.5 million in its first day, the best ever for a movie opening on a Wednesday.

"Eclipse" surpassed the previous Wednesday record of $62 million set last year by "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

But the movie fell short of the all-time best opening day, a record held by its predecessor, last November's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which pulled in $72.7 million. "New Moon" opened on a Friday, typically a busier day at theaters than weekdays.

"Eclipse" opened in a record 4,416 theaters and expands to 4,468 cinemas Friday for the Fourth of July weekend, one of the biggest box-office weekends of the year.

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