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Kristen Stewart 'Breaking Dawn 2' Box Office: Much Higher Than Early Estimates

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 box office: Way higher than early estimates, but still behind Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and New Moon

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner's Breaking Dawn - Part 2 failed to set the single-day record for a 2D release at the North American box office. The fifth and final Twilight movie also failed to set a single-day record for the incredibly popular movie franchise despite the fact that Summit Entertainment has (unfairly) chosen to include grosses from Thursday 10 p.m. showtimes in the film's Friday total. Those are the bad news. (Image: Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Bella Swan-Cullen either checking her fingernails or testing her supernatural Vamp Powers.)

Now for the good news: Though no records were broken, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 did earn anywhere between $6m-$12 million more than early Friday estimates indicated. Early estimates may be often “off,” but not that “off.” Anyhow, Summit is reportedly still expecting $135 million by Sunday evening, but that figure seems a little modest at this stage despite the widely reported (and by then already discarded) threat of a mass shooting at a Breaking Dawn - Part 2 screening. Now, let's discuss the actual Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opening-day figures.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 vs. previous Twilight sequels

Starring Kristen Stewart as the newborn vampire and teen mom Bella Swan-Cullen, Robert Pattinson as the centenarian vampire and centenarian dad Edward Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as the imprinting werewolf Jacob Black, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 took in an estimated $71.2 million in the U.S. and Canada this past Friday, Nov. 16, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. As mentioned above, that Friday total includes an estimated $30.4 million from Thursday 10 p.m. and midnight screenings.

For comparison's sake: Including midnight (but no Thursday 10 p.m.) screenings, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 debuted with $71.64 million last November; Eclipse opened with $68.53 million on a Wednesday in early summer 2010; and New Moon, the Twilight Saga's record holder, earned $72.7 million in November 2009. Adjusted for inflation, those figures would be – approximately – as follows: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 with $71.7 million, Eclipse with $69 million, and New Moon with $77 million. Of course, all three previous Twilight sequels also starred Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

And finally, the current 2D single-day record holder, Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight Rises, scored $75.75 million at 4,404 locations (400 more than Breaking Dawn - Part 2) last July. The single-day record holder at the North American box office remains David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with $91.07 million, followed by another 3D-surcharge-boosted movie, Joss Whedon / Chris Hemsworth's The Avengers with $80.81 million.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2: One of the top single-day grossers ever

I should add that Breaking Dawn - Part 2 currently boasts the sixth biggest single-day ever at the domestic box office (well, with a little help from those Thursday 10 p.m. screenings). Adjusted for inflation, the Bill Condon-directed fantasy adventure is a still remarkable no. 8. Among the top ten biggest domestic single-day (inflation-adjusted) grosses ever, four slots are occupied by Twilight movies. No other movie franchise has that many: Batman has two, The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight; Harry Potter one; Spider-Man 1, Spider-Man 3; and The Avengers two (itself, twice).

Summing up, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opened in North America with a bang – a loud bang. But if the last Twilight movie's first-day gross is an indication of what's to come in the domestic market, it feels somewhat disappointing that the bang just wasn't quite as loud as one would have expected, considering that this is the final curtain for one of the most successful movie franchises in history and the only top-grossing female-led movie franchise to date. (Kristen Stewart is at the core of the Twilight movies; Jennifer Lawrence's The Hunger Games isn't quite a franchise yet.)

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast

In addition to Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features an extensive supporting cast, among them the various Volturi members: Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Daniel Cudmore, Christopher Heyerdahl, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, Jamie Campbell Bower, plus know-nothing tattle teller Maggie Grace.

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

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  1. Clara

    I get that this is a blog site with a Kristen Stewart bias, but to suggest that the movies have been a success, because of Kristen is somewhat laughable. It is much more of a collaborative effort, thanks mostly to the love story of Edward and Bella. That is the real draw here. Robert Pattinson obviously has the larger fan base, but it isn't even he who has driven the franchise, but the story itself. On a side note, New Moon didn't do better because Pattinson wasn't in it, again that is an absurd suggestion. It did the best because of the anticipation of a sequel. After the success of Twilight, fans were insatiable for more. Just because you claim something to be the case, doesn't make it true and Kristen isn't the reason these films are a success.

  2. V.J. Holmes

    This movie was Bella's story and Kristen Stewart did an excellent job of interpreting Ms. Meyer's character. I cannot think of anyone who could do a better job. We have it's first director to thank for a truly inspired job of casting the Cullens and the Quelliute Indian wolf pack. Billy Burke as her father might be the best piece of casting after the three leads. They all did a brilliant job
    and ended it well. Thank you Stephenie. We have enjoyed you dream. It was to say the least memorable.

  3. Bonboy

    I only see BD2 bec of Kristen not to see your stupid vamp Rob…and iam male fan of Kristen!!!

  4. Amy

    @Curt, that's a curious comment, considering the movie in the series to beat was New Moon, which didn't feature Robert Pattinson. He was barely in it. Kristen and Taylor were the focus and he wasn't in it as much as Kristen. She held that movie together. So, I guess her pained “taking a dump” look, as you so eloquently put it, works for this series.

  5. Team Kristen

    Kristen made this film and everyone knows it. Her portrayal of Bella and her character were the focal point of the film and were spot on. Everyone says this…even your dear precious Rob. Their chemistry together in these films are what attracted this fanbase in the first place. And guess what, Nonnies, so much for your PR theories as to why they're back together and seemingly happier than they've been in years. Hiding out incognito in the English countryside without their teams, laying low and disappearing together following their press tour? Sounds EXACTLY like a famewhoring PR couple being forced together by their studio to me. You're sooo right!!

  6. lisaewilliams1

    Kristen , Rob, Taylor, make all of those movies, but it has always been Bella's story.. Love Kristen in this last one more than any of the others . She was mature, sexy, beautiful and confident.
    Noone can deny that is was there on screen chemistry that drove these movies mostly Kristen and Rob.. But I agree Kristen drove these movies..

    She has to be hands down one of my fave actors , and I only have 3

  7. Me

    Sorry curt but Kristen is the reason why these movies are such
    a success, same credit goes to Rob. You are only a loser. Get a life please.

  8. curt

    Kristen almost ruined this Movie. She always looks like she is ready to take a dump. The others did much better than all the other Movies. Michael , Ashley , Nikki, Billi Taylor and Rob showed progress in their Roles.

  9. sameer

    hi Kristen Stewart i am sam i am living deep weeping in or hearts lock in pain so pain and i Believed
    you~~~~~~~me)i loved you in bout up cold ~hot underground weather and i am Updated

    to hug you so so so Tiered of me till believe you. and clean your teardrops roses and i now why how
    and win love you rose~~~~~~~77 ~~~~~~~
    sam in India .