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'Eclipse' howls past midnight record with $30M

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After buying tickets for the two Twilight series movies about 1 1/2 months ago, Alice Griffin, 23, of Las Cruces becomes excited Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Cineport 10 in Las Cruces, N.M. After buying tickets for the two Twilight series movies about 1 1/2 months ago, Alice Griffin, 23, of Las Cruces becomes excited Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Cineport 10 in Las Cruces, N.M.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Twilight Saga" has rung up another record midnight hour.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" took in more than $30 million from midnight screenings Wednesday, according to distributor Summit Entertainment.

That surpassed the previous midnight record of $26.3 million set on opening day last November by its predecessor, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

The huge start for "Eclipse" puts the latest chapter in the vampire-romance series on track for one of the biggest opening days ever.

"New Moon" also holds that record, taking in $72.7 million in its first day.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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