"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has expectantly struck a chord with
audience in North America, as it debuted for a weekend of 141.3 million dollar
worth of tickets, the eighth biggest premiere in all time in Hollywood.
The final teenager-skewing vampire-and-werewolve romantic fantasy drama,
released by Summit Entertainment and hit the theaters in the United States and
Canada on Friday, ranked in tenth if ticket price inflation is taken into
account. Although the projected statistics is a bit lower than Saturday's
estimate of 162.2 million dollars, the performance is anyway better than the
138.12 million dollar debut of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" which
opened in July 2011. However, it still paled comparing with the 142.84 million
dollar premiere of 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
The finale installment, which also is the fifth film of the wildly popular
vampire series, won the resounding victory with the help of lingering appeal of
the romance, the good press and the rave reviews in the leadup to its premiere.
In the swan-song drama, Kristen Stewart plays Bella who, as Mrs. Edward Cullen,
is adjusting to her new life as both a mother and a vampire. Mrs. Cullen and her
husband (played by Robert Pattinson) round up a crew of sympathetic vampires and
werewolves to side with the family when malevolent Volturi go after their
A majority of the filmgoers, or 79 percent, was female with a half of the
audience under 25 years old. The moviegoers who have seen the film liked it, and
assigned a "A" CinemaScotre to the swan song.
"Skyfall" trailed in No. 2 with 41.5 million dollar worth of tickets. The
23rd James Bond film in the 50-year-old spy franchise is on track for a 161.3
million dollar gross over two weeks.
"Lincoln," a Steven Spielberg directed drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis,
finished in No. 3 with 21 million dollars in ticket sales, according to
distributor The Walt Disney Co. An older audience-skewing drama, it received an
"A" CinemaScore from the moviegoers, which indicates that it will achieve an
excellent performance in the weeks to come.
Rounding out the top 10 most popular films in North America this weekend were
"Wreck-It Ralph" (USD 18.3 million), "Flight" ( USD 8.6 million), "Argo" (USD 4
million), "Taken 2" (USD 2.1 million), "Pitch Perfect" (USD 1.3 million), "Here
Comes the Boom" (USD 1.2 million), and "Cloud Atlas" (USD 900,000).