Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner's Breaking Dawn - Part 2 gone from top ten on domestic box office chart
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was gone from the top ten on Friday, Dec. 21, its 36th day out – a common occurrence among Twilight movies as a result of competition from Christmas releases. See below. (Image: Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)
New entries this week include Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher (which performed about 10 percent below early estimates; more on that later today), Judd Apatow / Paul Rudd / Leslie Mann's This Is 40 (which also grossed nearly 10 percent less than early estimates), the Barbra Streisand / Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip (which has collected a paltry $3.52 million since Wednesday); and the 3D rerelease of Monsters, Inc. (which, with a disgraceful $2.87 million in three days, puts into question the wisdom of Disney's 3D rereleases – though figures should improve on the weekend proper).
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 vs. previous Twilight movies
According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn - Part 2 took in $765,000 at 2,000 theaters, placing at no. 11 on the North American box office chart, right behind new entry Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, which grossed $802,000 at 840 locations. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 currently has an estimated domestic cume of $279.71 million.
For comparison's sake: last year, Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was gone from the top ten on Day 36 as well; its cume at that time was a more modest $269.47 million. An early summer 2010 release, David Slade's Eclipse was gone from the top ten on Day 38, after falling to the no. 10 spot on Day 31 and remaining there for a week. Eclipse's cume on Day 36 was $290.18 million (approx. $292 million adjusted for inflation), or quite a bit ahead of Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
In late December 2009, Chris Weitz's New Moon was also gone from the top ten on Day 36, though it resurfaced for a few days at no. 10 in the last weekend of December. New Moon's cume on Day 36 was $278.58 million – way ahead of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 once inflation is factored in: approx. $295 million. In December 2008, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (which stars only Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) disappeared from the domestic top ten box office chart on Day 35, though it resurfaced for a few days in late December and then again in early January 2009. (Breaking Dawn - Part 2 may also resurface among the top ten next week and you may find Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart on the early 2013 top ten chart as well.) Twilight's cume on Day 36 was $164.18 million (or about $181.5 million today).
Kristen Stewart-focused New Moon: Top Twilight movie at domestic box office (in ticket sales)
Curiously, Kristen Stewart is basically the sole star in the most successful (in ticket sales) Twilight movie in the U.S. and Canada: New Moon, as Robert Pattinson is gone from much of the film, while Taylor Lautner is gone from the prologue / epilogue. Now, does that mean New Moon was more successful because it was all about Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan? No, not really. One possible reason was that many who decided to check out the Twilight Saga phenomenon by paying to see Twilight movie no. 2 opted not to come back for Eclipse and the two Breaking Dawn movies. Or New Moon's stronger domestic success could have been the result of other factors altogether.
And let's not forget: Though perhaps not as obviously as in New Moon, every single Twilight movie has Kristen Stewart / Bella Swan at its center. So, variations in the films' box office performances must be due to other factors.
Anyhow, although New Moon shall remain the top Twilight movie at the domestic box office, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (not taking into account currency fluctuations) is the undisputable champ internationally: $501.4 million outside the U.S. and Canada, for a worldwide total of $781.17 million. And $800 million is definitely within reach.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2's top international markets are the United Kingdom with $55.68 million, Brazil with $47.13m, Russia / CIS with $42.66 million, France with $36.2 million, Germany with $33.89 million, Australia with $28.9 million, Mexico with $28.36 million, Spain with $27.95 million, and Italy with $24.06 million.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner lead Breaking Dawn - Part 2 pack
Based on the second half of Stephenie Meyer's book, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 stars Kristen Stewart as newborn vampire Bella Swan-Cullen, Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob Black. Others are Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen, Lee Pace, Booboo Stewart, and Rami Malek.
Kristen Stewart photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.