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

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.
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. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

"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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