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'Breaking Dawn 1' Box Office: $600M Worldwide

Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Breaking Dawn
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, Breaking Dawn

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 topped the North American box office for the 20th consecutive day on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Breaking Dawn was barely above the $1 million-per-day mark, taking in $1.06 million, but that was enough to bring its grand domestic total up to $250.45 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

For comparison's sake: Chris Weisz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon passed the $250 million mark on Day 16 in early December 2009. David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse passed $250 million also on Day 16 in mid-July 2010. Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight cumed at $192.76 million in early 2009.

Now, on the positive side Breaking Dawn has been losing steam at a slower pace than New Moon, which fell below the $1m-per-day mark (inflation adjusted) on Day 20. Unless Thursday (Dec. 8) turns out to be an unusually slow day, that should happen to Breaking Dawn only on Day 25 – next Monday. Comparisons to Eclipse would be unfair, as the third Twilight movie came out in the summer, when teenagers/young adults were out of school or college. Eclipse's first dipped below the $1m-per-day mark on Day 34.

I should add that probably sometime yesterday, Breaking Dawn passed the $600 million mark worldwide. It'll likely surpass – or at least get very close to – the $700 million mark.

Directed by Bill Condon, and adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, in addition to Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the (for the time being) human Bella Swan, and Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob Black, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 also features Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, MyAnna Buring, Booboo Stewart, and Michael Sheen.

Plus Maggie Grace, Lee Pace, Sarah Clarke, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Welch, Christian Camargo, Julia Jones, Gil Birmingham, Kiowa Gordon, Billy Burke, Bronson Pelletier, Charlie Bewley, Tyson Houseman, Daniel Cudmore, Jamie Campbell Bower, Casey LaBow, Mia Maestro, and Alex Meraz.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

Starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 either has already passed or is about to pass – sometime today, at the latest – the $600 million mark worldwide.

According to Box Office Mojo, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn had collected an estimated $344.8 million internationally as of December 4, in addition to $249.38 million in the United States and Canada as of Dec. 6 for a grand total of $594.18 million. In North America alone, Breaking Dawn added another $1.31 million on Tuesday; last weekend, the latest Twilight movie added $40.4 million internationally (vs. $15.36 million in the U.S. and Canada).

For comparison's sake, both Chris Weitz' The Twilight Saga: New Moon, though substantially ahead of Breaking Dawn in the (currently depressed) domestic market, and David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse reached the $600 million mark on their fourth weekend out. For Breaking Dawn, that would be next Friday-Sunday.

Breaking Dawn vs. previous Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart pairings

Now, does that mean Breaking Dawn is selling more tickets abroad than New Moon and Eclipse did back in late 2009 and mid-2010, respectively? That's hard to tell. Even discounting inflation, currency fluctuations can drastically affect the box office take of a movie overseas when local currencies are converted to US dollars. (See James Cameron's 'Avatar' vs. 'Titanic': International Box Office.) But considering that the U.S. dollar is now stronger in many territories than it was, say, a year or two ago, chances are that Breaking Dawn is indeed selling more tickets. In other words, since the U.S. dollar is stronger, that means euros, pesos, etc. earned abroad buy fewer U.S. dollars. Even so, in the international market Breaking Dawn is currently ahead of both New Moon and Eclipse.

The Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart wedding (on screen, that is) may have failed to land the top spot in France for a single weekend – The Intouchables remains unbeatable – but Stewart and Pattinson's (and Taylor Lautner's) latest did top three weekends in a row in Brazil and Australia, and has topped two weekends in Germany and Mexico, among other countries. If things continue as they've been, Breaking Dawn should be able to reach the $700 million mark worldwide. New Moon cumed at $709m; Eclipse at $698 million.

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, in addition to Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 also features Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, MyAnna Buring, Booboo Stewart, and Michael Sheen.

Plus Maggie Grace, Lee Pace, Sarah Clarke, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Welch, Christian Camargo, Julia Jones, Gil Birmingham, Kiowa Gordon, Billy Burke, Bronson Pelletier, Charlie Bewley, Tyson Houseman, Daniel Cudmore, Jamie Campbell Bower, Casey LaBow, Mia Maestro, and Alex Meraz.

Breaking Dawn 1 / Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

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