Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 breaks opening-weekend box office record in Brazil
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and final installment in the immensely popular Twilight Saga movie franchise. True, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which also stars Taylor Lautner, may have failed to (truly) break box office records – even Twilight box office records – in North America, but in Brazil, one of the movie series' biggest markets, it's a different story. (Image: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)
In four days, approximately 3.1 million tickets – 2.1 million from Friday to Sunday – were sold at 1,213 Brazilian venues. That's a historical record in that country, easily surpassing the previous record holder, last year's Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which sold 1.79 million tickets (Fri-Sun). Note: Thursday, Nov. 15, was a Brazilian national holiday, but that doesn't make Breaking Dawn - Part 2's figures any less impressive.
Distributed by Paris Filmes, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 collected R$37 million over the four-day period, or US$17.58 million (as per Box Office Mojo; down from Summit's reported $19 million estimate). That's the Twilight movie's fifth biggest weekend box office gross after the U.S. and Canada ($141.06 million), the UK (est. $24.4 million), Russia / CIS (est. $20.3 million), and France ($17.88m). Note: Considering that average movie-ticket prices in Brazil are lower than in France or the UK (and possibly in Russia), chances are that more tickets were sold in Brazil than in the European countries. [See also: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 breaks single-day box office record in Brazil.]
Brazil: Three Twilight, Spider-Man movies among top ten opening weekends
For comparison's sake, the other movies on Brazil's top-ten opening-weekend chart – in tickets sales, the only accurate way of measuring a movie's popularity – are the following: Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's Spider-Man 3, with 1.71m; Joss Whedon / Chris Hemsworth / Chris Evans' The Avengers, with 1.68m; David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, with 1.56m; and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner's second Twilight movie, New Moon, with 1.41 million.
Also: Spider-Man 2, with $1.36m; José Padilha's Elite Squad: The Enemy Within / Tropa de Elite 2, the only Brazilian movie on the chart, with 1.3m; Spider-Man, with 1.29m; and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, with 1.25 million.
Clearly, the Twilight Saga and the Spider-Man movies have been quite popular with Brazilian moviegoers; both have three movies among the top ten opening weekends. Just as clearly, the Twilight movies are more popular – at least with opening-weekend moviegoers – as no less than two are among Brazil's top five. (Note: Eclipse opened on a Wednesday, selling 600,000 tickets; in all likelihood, that's why it's not included among Brazil's top ten opening weekends. The third Twilight movie had two days to blow off steam.)
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to sell more tickets than The Avengers?
After four days, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is already the eighth biggest hit at the Brazilian box office. By next Monday, the Bill Condon-directed mix of romance, fantasy, and adventure will likely be either no. 5 – ahead of Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight Rises – or no. 6, right behind the Batman movie. Before the end of the year, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 could become the biggest 2012 hit at the Brazilian box office in number of tickets sold. However, in terms of box office grosses, it'll likely trail 3D releases The Avengers ($63.9m) and Ice Age: Continental Drift ($46.5m).
Paris Filmes was at first expecting the final Twilight movie to sell 10 million tickets, or about 3 million more than Breaking Dawn - Part 1. It's unclear whether that figure has been revised. Brazil's current box office record holder is James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic. Starring doomed lovers Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic sold 17 million tickets back in 1998.
I should add that Breaking Dawn - Part 1 finished its Brazilian run with $35.04 million, behind only two 3D-surcharge-boosted movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($35.69m) and Rio ($42.94m).
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast
Besides the eternal trio Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, the long, long roster of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast members includes Michael Sheen, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, Rami Malek, Omar Metwally, Lee Pace, Casey LaBow, Angela Sarafyan, Masami Kosaka, Lisa Howard, Erik Odom, John Edward Lee, Patrick Brennan, Toni Trucks, and Joe Anderson.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Summit Entertainment.