'Eclipse' howls past midnight record with $30M

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— "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.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality

Length: 124 minutes
Released: September 10, 2010 Nationwide (Re-release)
Score: 2.0
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli
Director: David Slade
Producer: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian, Karen Rosenfelt
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

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