Monday, November 19, 2012

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Rises To $141.3 Million In Opening Weekend

UPDATE: Final numbers released Monday put Breaking Dawn Part 2's opening weekend at $141.1 million.
The Twilght's franchise's final opening weekend was not unlike its first one: massive.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 will have grossed $141.3 million since opening Thursday night, its studio estimated Sunday.

Its three-day-plus take is nearly equal to the one by Breaking Dawn Part 1, and just below that of the franchise record-holder, New Moon.

If estimates hold, the gross will be the eighth-largest opening weekend on record as stat keepers are counting the film's Thursday night-Friday a.m. business as its opening-day business (likely because those are the only numbers available). Taken 2, which also screened at 10 p.m., Thursday in advance of its midnight shows, similarly enjoyed an opening-day-enhanced bounce.

Breaking Dawn Part 2's reported opening weekend is the fourth-biggest of a hit-and-miss year that hit very big when it hit. Of 2012's mega-blockbusters, it ranks behind The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games.

Some more factoids:
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned the franchise's best CinemaScores, its studio said, with opening-weekend audiences grading the Bill Condon film an A. (It also got the franchise's highest critical rating at Rotten Tomatoes.)
  • Internationally, the movie is off to a nearly $200 million start. Add in the domestic gross, and the film's worldwide take stands at $340.9 million.
  • Take out the Thursday night-midnight screenings, and Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the first Twilight film to grow from Friday to Saturday, the studio said.
  • Of the 10 biggest opening weekends of all-time, Twilight movies now own three, the most of any franchise.
  • Here are all the Twilight opening weekends at a glance: New Moon, $142.8 million; Breaking Dawn Part 2, $141.3 million; Breaking Dawn Part 1, $138.1 million; Twilight, $69.6 million; Eclipse, $64.8 million—the only film in the series to open on a Wednesday, and in the summer. 
The critical verdict on Breaking Dawn Part 2

Where Breaking Dawn Part 2's opening day ranked
Here's a rundown of the top 10 all-time opening weekends, as compiled per numbers:
  1. The Avengers, $200.3 million
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $169.2 million
  3. The Dark Knight Rises, $160.9 million
  4. The Dark Knight, $158.4 million
  5. The Hunger Games, $152.5 million
  6. Spider-Man 3, $151.1 million
  7. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $142.8 million
  8. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, $141.3 million (Note: includes 10 p.m., Thursday business)
  9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, $138.1 million
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, $135.6 million


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