'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' breaks box office records
Finale of 'Twilight' franchise takes in $141.3 million over the weekend
The sun may have set on the "paranormal teenage romance fantasy" series, Twilight," with the release of the final film - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." But the teenage werewolf versus teenage vampire story certainly went out with a bang, with a whopping $141.3 million box office take domestically over the weekend. Added to devotees of the series overseas, the final film grossed $340.9 million worldwide.
The final installment of the "Twilight" series brought a surprisingly strong male crowd. The franchise, with its hunky vampires and werewolves is largely seen as being enjoyed mostly by females.
Last May's "The Avengers" remains in first place with $207.4 million. Another franchise, dealing with bats tangentially -- "Batman" is the only other franchise with more than one top-10 opening, as witness last July's "The Dark Knight Rises" at number three with $160.9 million and 2008's "The Dark Knight" at number four with $158.4 million.
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" held a significant surprise. The "Twilight" series supposedly appeals mostly to women and girls, taken in with its stories of hunky vampires and werewolves and non-explicit violence. The latest installment drew the biggest male crowds in the series.
Action-minded guys had more to root for in the finale as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner join in a battle to end the story of warring vampires and werewolves.
"Our male audience particularly has enjoyed this film," Richie Fay, head of distribution for Lionsgate says. "With the action scenes in this one, we're hoping the holdover business will reflect the fact that males have kind of found it out."
Lionsgate, known chiefly for low-budget genre releases has since been lifted into the big leagues among Hollywood studios. Coupled with its $400 million smash with "The Hunger Games" and now the "Twilight" finale, Lionsgate surpassed $1 billion at the domestic box office for the first time.
The "Twilight" finale took over the No. 1 spot from Sony's James Bond adventure "Skyfall," which has since gone to second-place with $41.5 million domestically in its second weekend. "Skyfall" raised its domestic total to $161.3 million.
"Skyfall" passed the previous franchise high of $599.2 million worldwide for 2006's "Casino Royale."
The darker and far more cerebral "Lincoln," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis' came in at No. 3 with $21 million. Distributed by Disney, "Lincoln" lifted its domestic haul to $22.4 million.
The Top Ten at the nation's box offices this past weekend went like this:
1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," $141.3 million ($199.6 million international).
2. "Skyfall," $41.5 million ($49.6 million international).
3. "Lincoln," $21 million.
4. "Wreck-It Ralph," $18.3 million ($4.8 million international).
5. "Flight," $8.6 million ($1 million international).
6. "Argo," $4.1 million ($8.7 million international).
7. "Taken 2," $2.1 million ($2 million international).
8. "Pitch Perfect," $1.3 million ($4.1 million international).
9. "Here Comes the Boom," $1.2 million ($2.5 million international).
10 (tie). "Cloud Atlas," $900,000 ($5 million international).
10 (tie). "Hotel Transylvania," $900,000 ($7.8 million international).
10 (tie). "The Sessions," $900,000.
© 2012, Catholic Online. Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Movies News
- 'The Sound of Music' star Eleanor Parker dies at 91
- 'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker killed in 'possible street race'
- 'Catching Fire' sets November opening box-office record
- 'Catching Fire' is expected to do just that, at box offices worldwide
- You get to keep that DVD - forever! Blockbuster Video to shut down altogether
- Captain Phillipps, el nuevo filme de Tom Hanks, retrata heroísmo de marino católico
- 'Gravity' holds on to the top spot this movie weekend
- 'Gravity' has substantial weight with $55.8 million for first weekend
- Long lost Three Stooges short found in Australian garden shed
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?