'Breaking Dawn' Worldwide Box Office: $500M

Ashley Greene, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Breaking Dawn
Ashley Greene, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Breaking Dawn

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather, whether pigging out at the dinner table or watching movies on the big screen. In the last few days, families of some kind or other have flocked to see Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which grossed about as much in three days (Fri.-Sun.) as The Muppets, the no. 2 movie on the North American box office chart, in five days (Wed.-Sun.).

Starring Robert Pattinson as the very married vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the very pregnant human Bella Swan Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as very high-strung werewolf Jacob Black, Breaking Dawn was down a not unexpected 61 percent on its second weekend out after collecting an estimated $42 million – a not unexpected figure, especially considering that the latest Twilight Saga movie grossed about as much from Mon.-Thu. this past week. In other words, why wait for the weekend when the Wednesday before Thanksgiving feels just like Friday?

For comparison's sake: According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon was down 62 percent on its second weekend in late November two years ago. Earlier this year, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was also down 62 percent on its second weekend out.

Breaking Dawn Part 1's domestic cume stands at $221.3 million, in addition to [an updated] $268 million abroad for a worldwide total of $489.3 million after about ten days. International figures would have been even been even higher if Thanksgiving were an international holiday; people elsewhere had to work this past week. Anyhow, the $489.3 million cume means that Breaking Dawn will likely pass the $500 million mark sometime on Monday. [Note: This paragraph has been corrected from a previous, non-updated version.]

For comparison's sake: New Moon's domestic cume was $230.94 million at the end of its second weekend. Released in early summer 2010, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse had taken in $235.37 million by the end of its second weekend, though that figure includes first-week Wednesday and Thursday figures totaling about $92.5 million.

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, in addition to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, 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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Nikki Reed, Taylor Lautner, Jacob, Breaking Dawn
Nikki Reed, Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn

Movies espousing family values continue to dominate the North American box office this family-oriented Thanksgiving Week. There are family Christmases and families of movie lovers, in addition to penguin families, muppet families, movie-set families, and vampire families. There's also interspecies sex (vampire + human), but we won't go there.

Directed by Bill Condon, and starring Robert Pattinson as the lovestruck vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the pregnant human Bella Swan Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as the ready-to-imprint werewolf Jacob Black, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 plummeted a horrific 76 percent on Friday, after grossing an estimated $16.9 million. But did it really take such a nosedive? It's worth remembering a minor detail: Breaking Dawn Part 1 collected more than $30 million at Thursday midnight screenings last week. There was no such box-office-inflating luxury this week. Hence, Breaking Dawn's actual drop-off rate was a more tolerable 59 percent.

For comparison's sake: Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon was down 58 percent on its second Friday two years ago. Earlier this year, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was down 70 percent on its second Friday out. In fact, despite 3D surcharges Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – which stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Ralph Fiennes – earned less than either New Moon or Breaking Dawn on Day 8: $14.55 million vs. New Moon's $17.71 million (not adjusted for inflation) and Breaking Dawn's estimated $16.9 million.

As per Box Office Mojo, Breaking Dawn Part 1's cume stands at $196.17 million, which means the latest installment of the Twilight Saga passed the $200 million mark sometime today.

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, in addition to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, 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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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart launch Isle Esme
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart on their way to Isle Esme, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (click on photo to enlarge it)

Family films are dominating the North American box office this family-oriented Thanksgiving Week. Directed by Bill Condon, and starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, about a family of vampires (and a lone but all-too-willing human), will pass the $200 million mark at the domestic box office some time on Saturday, Day 9. As per Box Office Mojo, Breaking Dawn Part 1 collected an estimated $7.8 million on Thursday, cuming at $179.27 million after one week.

Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon remains ahead of Breaking Dawn. After one week, New Moon's box office total stood at $188.07 million (not adjusted for inflation). For the record: Though its early performance can't be compared to that of Breaking Dawn because of radically different release dates, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse reached $200 million on Day 8 in summer 2010. Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight cumed at $192.76 million in late 2008.

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, in addition to Robert Pattinson as the lovestruck vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the devoted mom-to-be Bella Swan Cullen, Taylor Lautner as the shapeshifting 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.

In second place, James Bobin's The Muppets, about a family of big-nosed creatures, grossed $5.9 million on Thursday, cuming at $12.5 million. Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones star. The Muppets' extensive cast also features just about everybody, from Whoopi Goldberg to Sarah Silverman, from Judd Hirsch to Neil Patrick Harris, from Selena Gomez to Mickey Rooney, plus John Krasinski, Ken Jeong, Alan Arkin, David Grohl, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Cobbs, and Jim Parsons.

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

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