Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn Part 2: Most successful Twilight movie worldwide?
Breaking Dawn Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, is now officially the highest-grossing Twilight movie worldwide. This past weekend, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn Part 2 added $32.6 million — $23.5 million internationally and $9.1 million in North America — cuming at an estimated $751.09m: $482.4 million internationally and $268.69 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. (Photo: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen.)
Now, once (U.S.) inflation is factored in, Breaking Dawn Part 2 may still be trailing Chris Weitz’s New Moon, which cumed at an inflation-adjusted $765m. Admittedly, that figure is iffy for two reasons: a) The U.S. inflation rate has been slightly higher than "movie inflation rate" (increase in ticket prices) b) When we’re comparing international box office grosses in U.S. dollars, it’s essential to take into account currency fluctuations. Else, the comparisons are moot.
For instance, let’s say 1 euro could buy 1.5 U.S. dollars in December 2011, but only 1.3 U.S. dollars in December 2012. That would represent a 13 percent decrease when euros are converted to U.S. dollars, which can make a huge difference when we’re discussing multimillion-dollar figures.
The only way to know for sure if Breaking Dawn Part 2 has been more successful than all previous Twilight movies is to find out how many tickets each movie sold. An all but impossible task. Having said that, let me add that by the end of its run Breaking Dawn Part — probably somewhere around $800m — will surely have surpassed New Moon even if U.S.-based inflation is taken into account.
Twilight Movies: Leveled off in North America, but gaining momentum internationally
For the record, here are the (unadjusted) worldwide figures of the previous Twilight movies: Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight (2008) with $392.61m; New Moon, with $709.82m; David Slade’s Eclipse, with $698.49m; and Bill Condon’s Breaking Dawn Part 1, with $712.17m. Worldwide total for the Twilight movie franchise to date: $3.264 billion. With the exception of Twilight, which starred only Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, every other Twilight Saga movie starred Stewart, Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.
Something worth mentioning is how the international vs. domestic percentages have changed in the last four years: Twilight, 50.9 percent international; New Moon, 58.2 percent; Eclipse, 57 percent; Breaking Dawn Part 1, 60.5 percent; Breaking Dawn Part 2, 64.2 percent after four weekends. Looking at both the total worldwide grosses and the international vs. domestic percentages, it becomes clear that whereas the Twilight movies have either plateaued or lost some stamina in North America (or at least in the United States), they have — with the exception of Eclipse — continued to gain momentum internationally.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner star in Breaking Dawn Part 2
The Breaking Dawn Part 2 cast features stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, plus Mackenzie Foy, Christie Burke, Dakota Fanning, JD Pardo, Michael Sheen, Lisa Howard, Elizabeth Reaser, Erik Odom, Peter Facinelli, Marlane Barnes, Ashley Greene, Maggie Grace, Nikki Reed, Bill Tangradi, Jackson Rathbone, Tracey Heggins, Kellan Lutz, Guri Weinberg, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Christian Camargo, MyAnna Buring, Rami Malek, Mia Maestro, Booboo Stewart, Omar Metwally, Christopher Heyerdahl, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, and Jamie Campbell Bower.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen photo: Summit Entertainment.