Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 passes $200 million milestone at North American box office
Starring Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 passed the $200 million milestone at the North American box office on Friday, Nov. 23 – after eight days (plus Thursday late evening and last week's Friday midnight screenings). As per figures found at Box Office Mojo, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and final installment in the Twilight movie franchise, grossed an estimated $17.4 million on Friday, cuming at $201.18 million. (Image: Edward Cullen / Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2, with hybrid child Renesmee / Mackenzie Foy.)
Is the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 performance impressive? Of course it is, but it was also expected. For comparison's sake (minus the late Thursday evening showtimes for any of the previous Twilight movies): last November, Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 passed the $200 million milestone on Saturday, Day 9 ($212.2 million). David Slade's Eclipse, which opened on a Wednesday in early summer 2010, passed $200 million on a Thursday, Day 9 ($203.66m). In November 2009, Chris Weitz's New Moon passed that mark on Friday, Day 8 ($205.78m). And in November of the previous year, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, starring only Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (Taylor Lautner has a supporting role), never quite reached that mark, cuming at $191.46 million (none of the aforementioned figures has been adjusted for inflation).
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is expected to gross approximately $65-67 million over the five-day Thanksgiving period. On the weekend proper, the final Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner Twilight entry should collect about $41-43 million, or down approximately 70 percent from its first weekend. Once again, such a steep drop was to be expected, as it matches the typical Twilight box office pattern in the U.S. and Canada.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to lead most bountiful Thanksgiving weekend box office ever?
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has already broken several box office records outside the U.S. and Canada; now it may help to break a domestic box office record of sorts as well: best Thanksgiving weekend ever (ignoring inflation).
The Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner combo leads a strong pack that includes Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's Skyfall (which also passed the $200 million milestone on Friday), Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and Disney's animated Wreck-It Ralph. Even Rise of the Guardians and Chris Hemsworth / Josh Hutcherson's Red Dawn, despite their underwhelming debuts, will also help to boost figures and thus beat 2009's $258.9 million record. Confirmation will come when official studio figures are released on Monday, though Sunday estimates should give us a good idea of where things stand. [See also: “Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Breaks Brazil Box-Office Record” and “Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Smashes Another Brazilian Box-Office Record.”]
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner lead extensive Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast
Besides Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan-Cullen, and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast features Christopher Heyerdahl, Cameron Bright, Mackenzie Foy, Noel Fisher, Dakota Fanning, Masami Kosaka, Amadou Ly, Michael Sheen, Andrea Gabriel, Elizabeth Reaser, Charlie Bewley, Jamie Campbell Bower, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, MyAnna Buring, Daniel Cudmore, Erik Odom, Nikki Reed, Mia Maestro, Christie Burke, JD Pardo, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Maggie Grace, Guri Weinberg, Christian Camargo, Rami Malek, Billy Burke, and Omar Metwally.
Mackenzie Foy, Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Summit Entertainment.