Thursday Update #2: The official number from Summit is $68,533,840 for Eclipse's opening day.
Thursday Update: Preliminary estimates give Eclipse an opening day haul of at least $65 million, which means that it won't top the $72.7 million opening day of New Moon. However, that is enough to set the record for the best Wednesday opening. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen previously held that record with $62 million.
Wednesday Update: With more than $30 million at around 4,000 locations from midnight and 3 a.m. shows, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has topped the midnight record of $26.3 million set by New Moon. That gives the third film in the series a very good shot at breaking New Moon's single day record of $72.7 million.
Eclipse also set an IMAX record for midnight grosses with over $1 million from 192 runs. This gross bests the previous IMAX record for midnight shows held by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with $959,000.
On Fandango.com, Eclipse helped the site generate its strongest Tuesday and Wednesday sales days, breaking the record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Eclipse is also set to take a place next to New Moon and The Dark Knight as one of the all-time top three opening weekend sellers.