'Twilight: Eclipse': How much will it make?

eclipse-box-office-predicti.jpgIt's a pretty safe bet -- no, let's make that a rock-solid bet -- that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" will dominate the box office over the Fourth of July weekend. So the question then becomes, how much money will it make?

Not that reviews really matter in the "Twilight" universe, but "Eclipse" has been better received among critics than last year's "New Moon" was. Fans who have seen early screenings seem to be higher on the new movie than its predecessor.

Those things point to the possibility of an even bigger box-office take than "New Moon" had.

On the other side of the coin, threequels don't have the greatest track record in recent years: The third installments of the "Matrix," "Shrek," "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchises all made less than the movies that came before them.