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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Biggest Worldwide Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Hit?

Kristen Stewart Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Bella and Edward'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2': Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Most successful Twilight movie worldwide?

Dec. 10

Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, is now officially the highest-grossing Twilight movie worldwide. This past weekend, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn - Part 2 added $32.6 million – $23.5 million internationally and $9.1 million in North America – cuming at an estimated $751.09m: $482.4 million internationally and $268.69 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. (Image: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen.)

Now, once (U.S.) inflation is factored in, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 may still be trailing Chris Weitz's New Moon, which cumed at an inflation-adjusted $765 million. Admittedly, that figure is iffy for two reasons: a) The U.S. inflation rate has been slightly higher than “movie inflation rate” (increase in ticket prices) b) When we're comparing international box office grosses in U.S. dollars, it's essential to take into account currency fluctuations. Else, the comparisons are moot.

For instance, let's say 1 euro could buy 1.5 U.S. dollars in December 2011, but only 1.3 U.S. dollars in December 2012. That would represent a 13 percent decrease when euros are converted to U.S. dollars, which can make a huge difference when we're discussing multimillion-dollar figures.

The only way to know for sure if Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has been more successful than all previous Twilight movies is to find out how many tickets each movie sold. An all but impossible task. Having said that, let me add that by the end of its run Breaking Dawn Part – probably somewhere around $800 million – will surely have surpassed New Moon even if U.S.-based inflation is taken into account.

Twilight Movies: Leveled off in North America, but gaining momentum internationally

For the record, here are the (unadjusted) worldwide figures of the previous Twilight movies: Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008) with $392.61m; New Moon, with $709.82m; David Slade's Eclipse, with $698.49m; and Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1, with $712.17 million. Worldwide total for the Twilight movie franchise to date: $3.264 billion. With the exception of Twilight, which starred only Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, every other Twilight Saga movie starred Stewart, Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

Something worth mentioning is how the international vs. domestic percentages have changed in the last four years: Twilight, 50.9 percent international; New Moon, 58.2 percent; Eclipse, 57 percent; Breaking Dawn - Part 1, 60.5 percent; Breaking Dawn - Part 2, 64.2 percent after four weekends. Looking at both the total worldwide grosses and the international vs. domestic percentages, it becomes clear that whereas the Twilight movies have either plateaued or lost some stamina in North America (or at least in the United States), they have – with the exception of Eclipse – continued to gain momentum internationally.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner star in Breaking Dawn - Part 2

The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast features stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, plus Mackenzie Foy, Christie Burke, Dakota Fanning, JD Pardo, Michael Sheen, Lisa Howard, Elizabeth Reaser, Erik Odom, Peter Facinelli, Marlane Barnes, Ashley Greene, Maggie Grace, Nikki Reed, Bill Tangradi, Jackson Rathbone, Tracey Heggins, Kellan Lutz, Guri Weinberg, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Christian Camargo, MyAnna Buring, Rami Malek, Mia Maestro, Booboo Stewart, Omar Metwally, Christopher Heyerdahl, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, and Jamie Campbell Bower.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen photo: Summit Entertainment.

Dec. 6

Elizabeth Reaser Breaking Dawn - Part 2Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has (sort of) surpassed New Moon at the domestic box office

Toplining Twicons Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has officially surpassed Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon at the North American box office. Yesterday, on its 20th day out, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 reached a domestic cume of $258.39 million vs. New Moon's $258.37 million, according to figures found at >Box Office Mojo. Why is that significant? (Image: Elizabeth Reaser Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)

Well, for starters, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had a slower beginning than New Moon at the domestic box office – there was close to a $2 million gap on Day 5. So, that means the fifth and final installment in the Twilight franchise has had stronger staying power than its 2009 predecessor. Also worth noting is that New Moon is the most successful Twilight movie in North America once inflation is factored in – in other words, it's the no. 1 Twilight movie in ticket sales, the true measure of a movie's popularity. That all sounds pretty good for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, and it is.

Having said that, it's crucial to remember that inflation is a reality even for fantasy movies. In 2012 dollars, on its 20th day out New Moon had earned approximately $273.5 million. In other words, it sold many more tickets than Breaking Dawn - Part 2 during the same period despite the fact that the latter had the advantage of a number of preview evening showings.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 vs. Eclipse, Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Before I proceed, I should add that comparisons to David Slade's Eclipse would be unreliable at this stage because the third Twilight Saga movie opened in early summer 2010. In summer, movies tend to burn brighter at the beginning, then (relatively speaking) rapidly fade away as new product enters the market. By Day 20, Eclipse had grossed $266.82 million, ending its run with $300.53 million (having added about $33.5 million since Day 20), which adjusted for inflation represents approximately $302.5 million. For comparison's sake, New Moon ended its run with $296.62 million (having added about $38 million since Day 20), which adjusted for inflation* represents approximately $314 million.

Now, one thing is certain: inflation or no, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is far outperforming its immediate predecessor. On Day 20, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 had collected $250.47 million, or about $8 million less than Part 2. Breaking Dawn - Part 1 ended its run earlier this year with $281.28 million. Expect Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to pass the $300 million milestone and probably surpass Eclipse in ticket sales.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 vs. New Moon

Now, could Breaking Dawn - Part 2 eventually surpass New Moon in that regard as well? Though not impossible, this late in the game is seems highly unlikely. For reasons that I'm unable to fathom, in relative terms – i.e., compared to the previous Twilight movies – Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has been much more popular internationally than in the U.S. and Canada. (Note: I have to include Canada here, as “domestic” means both the huge US market and its adjacent Canadian market. For the last nine or so decades, Hollywood studios have treated Canada as if it were just one more American state.)

And speaking of Breaking Dawn - Part 2's international popularity, Alt Film Guide editor André Soares will shortly be posting an update on the film's box office performance in Brazil, where the final Twilight movie has received – in relative terms – the most enthusiastic reception anywhere in the world.

Wrapping this up, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will surely lose its top spot at the North American box office this coming weekend. On Wednesday, it trailed two movies: Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's Skyfall and Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln.

* Of course, always take those approximations as just that, approximations. Annual / seasonal ticket-price averages can be affected by a variety of factors, from the prevalence of inflated 3D/IMAX surcharges to that of lower-priced tickets for kiddie flicks.

Elizabeth Reaser Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

Dec. 5

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson will not be spending Christmas together according to an insider who says that things didn't go very well during their Thanksgiving celebration. And when I say “insider,” I mean it. Our know-it-all source was physically inside the Thanksgiving turkey, cleverly disguised as stuffing while both taking notes of everything going on all around him and adroitly skirting killer knives and forks. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson back together in full force at the box office: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)

But why am I sharing this momentous Robsten Revelation? Well, besides the fact that last night I found out about the disheartening tabloidization of a website that used to be a reliable source of movie news – the name of that site will go unmentioned; I'll just say it's based in the UK – Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson actually have a lot to celebrate whether together or apart.

After all, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring the aforementioned Twidols Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, in addition to (former) third wheel Taylor Lautner, has surpassed all other Twilight movies at the international box office.

According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, Bill Condon's $120 million-budgeted Breaking Dawn - Part 2 added an estimated $48.8 million outside North America this past weekend, reaching an international total of $447.8 million after only three weekends. Breaking Dawn - Part 2's top international markets are the United Kingdom with $50.24 million, Brazil with $41.53 million, Russia / CIS with $36.27 million (up to Nov. 25), France with $32.46 million, Germany with $26.32 million, Mexico with $25.62 million, Australia with $25.22 million, Spain with $22.55 million, and Italy with $20.77 million.

For comparison's sake: Condon's Nov. 2011 release Breaking Dawn - Part 1 cumed with $430.88m; David Slade's Eclipse with $397.95m; Chris Weitz's New Moon with $413.2 million; and Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (starring only Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) with $199.84 million. Note that even if (US-dollar-based) inflation is taken into account, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 remains ahead of its Twilight predecessors: New Moon, the most successful of the previous Twilight movies, cumed at about $445 million in 2012 dollars.

The only question mark here has to do with currency fluctuations, which can radically alter a movie's box office take in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, to tally those fluctuations would be way beyond our capabilities at Alt Film Guide. If only Hollywood studios bothered to reveal the actual number of tickets each of their movies sold instead of divulging only box office figures. Only then could we have a true understanding of a movie's popular appeal.

Domestic box office: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 vs. New Moon

For comparison's sake: After 19 days, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has grossed $257.25 million in the U.S. and Canada. During that same period, the previous no. 1 Twilight movie at the domestic box office, New Moon, grossed $257.46 million. The good news: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which started out slower than New Moon, is closing in on its predecessor. In fact, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 surpassed New Moon sometime today. The bad news: It's all but impossible for the final installment in the Twilight movie franchise to surpass New Moon once higher ticket prices are taken into account. Adjusted for inflation, New Moon's cume on Day 19 was approximately $272.5 million.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2's current worldwide box office total is $705.05 million (up to Dec. 4, in the U.S. and Canada; up to Dec. 2, internationally).

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from the second half of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 boasts a humongous cast, with more vampires and werewolves than there are politicians in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, U.S. military personnel in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, or singing revolutionaries in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables. Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, we have Ashley Greene, MyAnna Buring, Elizabeth Reaser, Jamie Campbell Bower, Daniel Cudmore, Nikki Reed, Mia Maestro, Jackson Rathbone, Charlie Bewley, Julia Jones, Lee Pace, Casey LaBow, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Booboo Stewart, Maggie Grace, Christian Camargo, Mackenzie Foy, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Peter Facinelli, Noel Fisher, Omar Metwally, Christopher Heyerdahl, Rami Malek, Cameron Bright, Patrick Brennan, Andrea Powell, and Toni Trucks.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson back together in full force at the box office” image: Summit Entertainment.

Dec. 1

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Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring vampires Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and werewolf Taylor Lautner, beat super spy Daniel Craig's Skyfall and U.S. president Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln at the North American box office on Friday, Nov. 30. Slightly ahead of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, the final entry in the Twilight movie franchise took in $5.61 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)

Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's James Bond flick Skyfall was no. 2 with $4.87 million, followed by Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln with $4.03 million. Rounding out the top five were Ang Lee's Life of Pi with $3.3 million and Peter Ramsey's DreamWorks / Paramount release Rise of the Guardians with $2.97 million.

Budgeted at a hefty $145 million – not including marketing and distribution expenses – one Wall Street analyst called Rise of the Guardians “one of the most disappointing releases in [Dreamworks'] history.” After ten days, Rise of the Guardians' domestic cume stands at $38.91 million. Up to November 25, its international cume in about a dozen territories (including Russia / CIS) was $13.5 million.

Also: At no. 6 on Friday, Andrew Dominik / Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly reportedly debuted with a dismal $2.5 million at 2,424 locations, and received an “F” CinemaScore grade. At no. 10, the low-budget horror flick The Collection opened with a paltry $1.1 million at 1,403 venues.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Skyfall, Lincoln cast

Besides Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features Maggie Grace, Elizabeth Reaser, Rami Malek, Peter Facinelli, Charlie Bewley, Ashley Greene, Daniel Cudmore, Dakota Fanning, Christian Camargo, Michael Sheen, Mia Maestro, Mackenzie Foy, MyAnna Buring, Nikki Reed, Omar Metwally, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Kellan Lutz, and Billy Burke.

In addition to Daniel Craig reprising his Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace role as Agent 007, Skyfall features Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, Roy Kinnear, and Michael G. Wilson.

In Spielberg's all-but-inevitable Best Picture Oscar nominee Lincoln, all-but-inevitable Best Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis is supported by Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Jared Harris, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Lee Pace (one of the guest vampires in Breaking Dawn - Part 2), Bruce McGill, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 image: Summit Entertainment.

Nov. 30

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 kristen Stewart fight sceneBreaking Dawn - Part 2 vs. Skyfall, Lincoln: Post-Thanksgiving North American box office

Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, may top the North American box office for the third consecutive weekend. If so, the Bill Condon-directed fantasy will become the second (and last) Twilight movie to achieve that feat, following Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which ruled over a generally anemic group of movies in late fall 2011. (Image: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, ready to do battle with James Bond and Abraham Lincoln.)

Notice that I wrote “Breaking Dawn - Part 2 … may…” threepeat. In other words, it may not. Remember that the Twilight movies have generally continued their fast downward spiral on their third weekend out at the domestic box office: Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was down 60 percent, David Slade's Eclipse 58 percent, Chris Weitz's New Moon 64 percent, and Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight a more modest 50 percent – though down from more modest heights as well. (The source for those percentages is Box Office Mojo.)

If Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is down a very modest 50 percent (modest when compared to previous Twilight sequels), it should easily top the domestic box office, with around $21 million. However, that seems highly unlikely.

So, if Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is down a more likely 60 percent, it'll be running neck and neck with two other movies: Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's James Bond flick Skyfall and Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln. Barring a box office twist à la the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 finale, all three movies should earn somewhere around $16.5m-$18.5 million.

Expect a Bella vs. Bond vs. Abe battle to the death…

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and previous Twilight movies' third-weekend drop-off rates

For the record: In fall 2008, Twilight (which stars only Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) was no. 3 on its second weekend out, trailing the Reese Witherspoon / Vince Vaughn comedy Four Christmases and the animated feature Bolt. In fall 2009, after two weekends on top New Moon trailed the Sandra Bullock blockbuster The Blind Side on weekend no. 3. And in early summer 2010, Eclipse – which opened on a Wednesday – trailed the animated blockbuster Despicable Me on weekend no. 2.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Skyfall, Lincoln cast members

Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Mackenzie Foy, Nikki Reed, Mia Maestro, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Maggie Grace, Rami Malek, Omar Metwally, and Charlie Bewley.

In addition to Daniel Craig, Skyfall features Ben Whishaw, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Bérénice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Ola Rapace, Michael G. Wilson, and Roy Kinnear.

In Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis' fellow players are Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace (also of Breaking Dawn - Part 2), John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, and Bruce McGill.

Brad Pitt Killing Them Softly to open like its title

This weekend's two new wide releases have no chance of making an impact. Despite the presence of Brad Pitt and a Cannes Film Festival pedigree – though reviews were less than ecstatic at that time – Andrew Dominik's The Weinstein Company-distributed Killing Them Softly is expected to open (at 2,424 locations) on the wrong side of the $10 million mark. Besides Brad Pitt, the Killing Them Softly cast includes Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Max Casella, and Garret Dillahunt.

Marcus Dunstan's horror flick The Collection, a sequel to Dunstan's little-seen The Collector, should gross quite a bit less than $5 million at 1,403 sites. The Collection has a rumored $10 million budget – if true, the very fact that the movie got made is a bigger mystery that whatever takes place on screen, considering that its 2009 predecessor grossed a paltry $9.44 million worldwide. The Collection cast includes Josh Stewart, Christopher McDonald, Johanna Braddy, Navi Rawat, Michael Nardelli, Brandon Molale, Lee Tergesen, Shannon Kane, and Arloa Reston.

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 image: Summit Entertainment.

Nov. 28

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 passes $600 million milestone worldwide

Starring the trio Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the Bill Condon-directed fifth and final installment in the Twilight Saga movie franchise, (unofficially) passed the $600 million milestone at the worldwide box office this past Tuesday, Nov. 27. (Image: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan-Cullen in Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)

How can I affirm that? Well, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has collected $365.5 million internationally up to Sunday, Nov. 25, plus $232.64 million in North America up to Tuesday, Nov. 27. Its worldwide grand total was $598.14 million. Obviously, once the international box office – which has been more than 50 percent above the domestic take – is tallied for both Monday and Tuesday (or even just one of these days), Breaking Dawn - Part 2 should have easily passed the $600 million milestone after 12 days out (13 in some countries). I'm assuming official figures from Lionsgate, which now “owns” Summit Entertainment, will be released some time soon.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to reach $800 million worldwide?

Will Breaking Dawn - Part 2 reach $700 million worldwide? Without a doubt. Could it reach $800m? That's a possibility, even though the Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart star vehicle was down about 70 percent in North America this past weekend and close to 60 percent internationally – not including Germany / Austria / German-speaking Switzerland, where Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opened this past weekend, taking in around $21 million.

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has yet to open in at least one major market, Japan. However, the Twilight movies aren't as big in that country as they are in, say, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and much of Europe.

To date, Breaking Dawn - Part 2's top markets outside North America (figures up to Nov. 25, unless otherwise noted) are the United Kingdom with $43.25 million, Brazil with $33.61 million, France with $27.96 million, Mexico with $22.11 million, Russia / CIS with $21.97 million (Nov. 18), Australia with $21.24 million, Spain with $19.44 million, Germany with $16.89 million, Italy with $13.32 million (Nov. 18), and South Korea with $12.7 million.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart topline eclectic Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast

Besides Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast includes the aforementioned Taylor Lautner, in addition to a whole array of vampires and werewolves (and a few scattered humans plus one hybrid little girl), among them Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Jackson Rathbone, Christian Camargo, Mackenzie Foy, Maggie Grace, Rami Malek, Mia Maestro, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, Jamie Campbell Bower, Michael Sheen, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, MyAnna Buring, Daniel Cudmore, Lee Pace, Omar Metwally, Christopher Heyerdahl, and Casey LaBow.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan-Cullen in Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

Nov. 26

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Kellan Lutz Robert PattinsonKristen Stewart Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Daniel Craig Skyfall lead best Thanksgiving weekend ever – if you choose to ignore inflation

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 led the North American box office this weekend, collecting a better than expected $43.64 million – down 69 percent, or slightly less than Breaking Dawn - Part 1's and New Moon's 70 percent drop-off rate. Even as late as Friday, early estimates pointed to the fifth and final Twilight movie pulling in around $41 million on its second weekend out. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Kellan Lutz arm wrestle, while Robert Pattinson looks on in Breaking Dawn - Part 2.)

Also worth mentioning is that Breaking Dawn - Part 2 helped the 2012 Thanksgiving weekend become the highest-grossing in history – well, if you pretend inflation doesn't exist. The top 12 movies this past weekend collected approximately $200 million in the U.S. and Canada, far surpassing the previous Thanksgiving weekend record holder, 2009. That was when the top 12 – led by the Kristen Stewart / Robert Pattinson / Taylor Lautner combo's New Moon, Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side, and Roland Emmerich / John Cusack's 2012 – cumed at $175.4 million.

Now, once inflation is taken into account, things change quite a bit: for instance, in 2000 the top 12 – including Ron Howard / Jim Carrey's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, M. Night Shyamalan / Bruce Willis' Unbreakable, and Glenn Close's 102 Dalmatians – grossed $167.28 million, or approximately $246 million today.

But of course, inflation or no, $200 million is nothing to sniff at. According to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 was followed by the following top five movies:

  • Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's Skyfall with an impressive $35.5 million on its third weekend out (cume $221.14m).
  • Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln with an equally impressive $25.67 million on its second weekend in wide release (cume $62.84m).
  • DreamWorks Animation's Peter Ramsey-directed, $145 million-budgeted Rise of the Guardians with a disappointing $23.77 million (cume $32.34m).
  • Ang Lee's $120 million-budgeted Life of Pi with a better than expected $22.45 million (cume $30.57m).

Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Best second weekend for a Twilight movie

To date, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has grossed $227.36 million in North America. Its second weekend was the best among the Twilight movies if you don't factor in inflation. If you do – as you always should – New Moon fared better: its $42.87 million take would represent about $45.5 million today. (Comparisons to Eclipse are all but irrelevant because that movie opened on a Wednesday in early summer.)

Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast includes Kellan Lutz, Cameron Bright, Booboo Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Lee Pace, Casey LaBow, MyAnna Buring, Daniel Cudmore, Nikki Reed, Janelle Froehlich, Judith Shekoni, Mia Maestro, Billy Burke, Maggie Grace, Christian Camargo, Lisa Howard, Erik Odom, Rami Malek, and Omar Metwally.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Summit Entertainment.

Nov. 25 afternoon

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Edward, Bella, and Jacob, along with Katniss and a ragtag bunch of senior-citizen weapon aficionados have helped Lionsgate Pictures pass the $1 billion mark worldwide for the first time in the company's history*. But wait! Aren't Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner Summit Entertainment employees and isn't Breaking Dawn - Part 2 a Summit production? Well, yes, but Summit and Lionsgate are now one – with Lionsgate as the official business entity. (If Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson look different in the above photo, that's because pictured are Dakota Fanning and Cameron Bright as the two powerful vampire brats Jane and Alec.)

After 8-9 days out (depending on the country), the $120 million-budgeted Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and final installment in the Twilight franchise, has grossed an estimated $577.75 million worldwide: $226.95 million in the U.S. and Canada and $350.8 million internationally, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

Directed by Gary Ross, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games cumed at $686.53 million worldwide earlier this year. Curiously, the first movie based on Suzanne Collins' book trilogy was a much bigger hit in North America than elsewhere: $408.01 million domestically vs. $278.52 million internationally.

Featuring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth, The Expendables 2 collected $300.42 million worldwide. Though a disappointment at the domestic box office, with a relatively modest $85.02 million, the Simon West-directed $100 million-budgeted actioner earned a blockbuster-level $215.4 million elsewhere.

Of the three Lionsgate movies (see caveat at the bottom of this post), Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will undoubtedly become the biggest worldwide hit – possibly by a wide margin. After less than 10 days, at the international box office alone it has already grossed more than The Expendables 2 worldwide, and about $70 million more than The Hunger Games. Having said that, the final Twilight movie will surely remain behind The Hunger Games at the domestic box office, probably cuming at around $300-315 million.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner lead extensive Breaking Dawn - Part 2 cast

Besides Kristen Stewart as the newborn vampire Bella Swan-Cullen, Robert Pattinson as the centenarian vampire Edward Cullen, Taylor Lautner as the imprinting werewolf Jacob Black, and meanie baby-faced vampires Dakota Fanning and Cameron Bright, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 features dozens of performers, including both Twilight veterans and newcomers. Among those are Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Maggie Grace, Janelle Froehlich, Judith Shekoni, Lateef Crowder, Mackenzie Foy, Kiowa Gordon, Christie Burke, Michael Sheen, Erik Odom, Marlane Barnes, Peter Facinelli, Angela Sarafyan, Ashley Greene, Guri Weinberg, Nikki Reed, Chaske Spencer, Mia Maestro, Jackson Rathbone, Andrea Gabriel, Kellan Lutz, Christian Camargo, Rami Malek, Omar Metwally, and Christopher Heyerdahl. Melissa Rosenberg adapted the second half of the Stephenie Meyer book Breaking Dawn.

* Lionsgate did not distribute The Hunger Games or The Expendables 2 in the vast majority of international markets. (The UK was an exception.) Neither Lionsgate nor Summit distributed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 internationally. Also worth noting, The Expendables 2 was independently financed.

Mackenzie Foy, Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 photo: Summit Entertainment.

Nov. 25

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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.

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.

Nov. 17

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart together for the last time'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart together for the last time as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.

North American box office: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' vs. previous 'Twilight Saga' movies

Nov. 23, '12, update: Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the Bill Condon-directed Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has taken in $183.78 million at the North American box office after one week – or, more specifically, one week, one late (Thursday) evening, and one (Thursday/Friday) midnight.

For comparison's sake, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo:

  • Last November – minus the late Thursday evening showtimes – Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 earned $179.14 million in its first week out.
  • In Nov. 2009, Chris Weitz's New Moon brought in $188.07 million.
  • The year before, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, which stars only Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (a long-haired Taylor Lautner has a minor supporting role), earned $93.36 million.

Note: David Slade's Eclipse can't be part of this comparison group because it opened in early summer 2010.

Trailing 'New Moon'

As the figures above attest, once you factor in Part 2's late Thursday screenings Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is performing (only) slightly better than Breaking Dawn Part 1 at the domestic box office.

On the other hand, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is trailing New Moon by a relatively wide margin, especially if higher ticket prices are taken into account. Adjusted for inflation, New Moon grossed approximately $199 million in its first seven days out.

Barring a miraculous surge or unusually small drop-off rates in the next several weekends, Breaking Dawn 2 has absolutely no chance of becoming the highest-grossing Twilight movie at the domestic box office.

In fact, much like its predecessors Breaking Dawn 2 is expected to be down a whopping 70 percent or whereabouts this weekend (Nov. 23–25) – earning approx. $41 million.

'Twilight' movie franchise biggest worldwide hit?

Breaking Dawn Part 2's only chance of topping New Moon is at the international and worldwide box office.

The final Twilight movie has already broken several box office records outside the U.S. and Canada (see more info further below), and quite possibly will eventually surpass its predecessors even once inflation is taken into account. Admittedly, currency fluctuations are another key factor here, but these are nearly impossible to track.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' weekend box office: Better than early estimates, but shy of movie franchise record

Nov. 18 update: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 easily surpassed Summit Entertainment's “official” expectations – $135 million – this weekend, Nov. 16–18, at the North American box office, while reaching a near-Twilight movie franchise record.

According to studio estimates, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will have grossed $141.3 million by Sunday evening. If estimates are correct, that's the eighth biggest domestic opening weekend ever (not adjusted for inflation).

Nov. 19 update: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 collected $141.06 million over the weekend (including midnight/Thursday evening screenings).

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Kristen Stewart newborn vampire Bella Swan-Cullen'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' with Kristen Stewart as the newborn vampire Bella Swan-Cullen.

Surpassing expectations or debuting at the lower end of expectations?

Now, a few brief observations:

Summit Entertainment's $135 million opening-weekend “expectations” seemed way too modest to begin with, much like Sony Pictures' official predictions for the Sam Mendes-Daniel Craig James Bond movie Skyfall last weekend and for the animated Hotel Transylvania a few weekends ago.

In other words, officially Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 “overperformed” at the domestic box office. In reality, it opened closer to the lower end (a few had been expecting $130 million) than to the higher end of expectations (up to $160 million).

Also, bear in mind that Summit Entertainment has included Thursday 10 p.m. screenings into the weekend total for Breaking Dawn Part 2. Previous Twilight movies didn't have that revenue-boosting advantage.

And finally, Breaking Dawn 2 (surprisingly) sold way fewer tickets than Chris Weitz's New Moon, whose inflation-adjusted domestic opening weekend gross would have been approximately $151 million.

Steven Spielberg & Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence combo

As an aside, other noteworthy domestic box office performers this weekend include:

  • Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. The historical drama took in a remarkable $21 million. Also in the cast: Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
  • In “platform” release, the Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence Academy Award-baiting star vehicle Silver Linings Playbook, which earned a somewhat disappointing $458,000. David O. Russell directed. Also in the cast: Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.
  • Joe Wright's revamped version of Anna Karenina, which collected an even more “somewhat disappointing” $315,000. Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in roles previous incarnated on the big/small screens by the likes of Greta Garbo (twice) and John Gilbert/Fredric March, Vivien Leigh and Kieron Moore, and Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Worldwide 'Saga' opening weekend box office record

So, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has failed to break the Twilight Saga movie record at the domestic box office this weekend.

Disappointing for fans? Well, sure, but let's not forget that the Twilight Saga is much bigger internationally than in the U.S. and Canada. And that's where the fifth and final installment in the franchise has broken records.

According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 opened with an astounding $199.6 million in 61 markets, far surpassing initial estimates that pegged the film's international opening at around $140-150 million.

Including $141.3 million in North America, Breaking Dawn Part 2 collected $340.9 million worldwide – the eighth biggest opening ever (not factoring in inflation, currency fluctuations, or, obviously, the number of territories/theaters). It's the only Twilight movie among the Top Ten.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' top international markets

Breaking Dawn Part 2's top international markets – in some of which the movie opened last Thursday – were the following:

  • The United Kingdom with $24.4 million.
  • Russia / CIS with $20.3 million.
  • Brazil with $19 million.
  • France with $16.4 million.
  • Australia with $12.7 million.
  • Italy with $12.4 million.
  • Spain with $11.8 million.
  • Mexico with $11.8 million.
  • South Korea with $7.1 million.
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Kristen Stewart Taylor Lautner battle to the death'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner taking part in a (potential) battle to the death.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' domestic weekend box office: Can final installment surpass its immediate predecessor?

Nov. 17 update: Starring Kristen Stewart as the newborn vampire and teen mom Bella Swan-Cullen, Robert Pattinson as the centenarian vampire and dad Edward Cullen, and Taylor Lautner as the imprinting teen werewolf Jacob Black, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 trailed both Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and New Moon on its first day out in North America. (See more details below.)

Yet the fifth and last Twilight movie earned about $6–12 million more than early Friday (Nov. 16) estimates indicated, bringing in an estimated $71.2 million from 4,070 U.S. and Canadian theaters – including $30.4 million from Thursday 10 p.m. screenings and midnight shows at approx. 3,000 locations.

Now, could director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg's mix of fantasy, romance, and action “overperform” once again by Sunday evening?

Stretching the weekend

From the get-go, Summit Entertainment had been – officially – expecting $135 million this weekend (Nov. 16-18), including grosses from Thursday 10 p.m. and midnight shows.

Without the advantage of Thursday 10 p.m. screenings (and without factoring in higher ticket prices), Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 scored $138.12 million on its debut weekend last November and Chris Weitz's New Moon $142.83 million in Nov. 2009. The original Twilight earned $69.63 million.

Note: David Slade's Eclipse opened on a Wednesday in early summer 2010. For that reason, first weekend comparisons would be meaningless.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' vs. previous 'Twilight' movies

If Breaking Dawn Part 2 follows the pattern of its predecessors, there's absolutely no chance it'll surpass the opening weekend of either Breaking Dawn - Part 1 or New Moon domestically, though it should at least land very close to BD1.

For comparison's sake:

  • Without any Thursday 10 p.m. screenings, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 brought in $71.64 million on its first day out.
  • New Moon scored $72.7 million.
  • The original Twilight $35.97 million.
  • And on a Wednesday, Eclipse opened with $68.53 million.

Adjusted for inflation, the figures would be – approximately – as follows:

  • Breaking Dawn - Part 1 with $71.7 million.
  • New Moon with $77 million.
  • Twilight with $40 million.
  • Summer release Eclipse with $69 million.

Thus, for Breaking Dawn Part 2 to surpass at least its immediate predecessor, it must have a less radical Saturday and/or Sunday drop-off rate. See below.

Robert Pattinson Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Edward Cullen final battleRobert Pattinson in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Edward Cullen ends up taking part in the Final Battle.

'Twilight' movies suffer steep second- & third-day drop-off rates

Saturday box office figures are unavailable at this stage, so it's impossible to tell whether or not Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has been following the same pattern as the previous Twilight entries that opened on a Friday in November:

  • Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was down 44 percent on Saturday and 34 percent on Sunday.
  • New Moon was down 42 percent on Saturday and 34 percent on Sunday.
  • Twilight was down 41 percent on Saturday and 42 percent on Sunday.

These are all relatively steep drops, even taking into account these films' strong midnight grosses.

Bond is the way

Now, however unlikely, the fifth Twilight movie could theoretically follow a similar path to that of Daniel Craig's third James Bond movie.

Last Saturday, its second day out, Skyfall performed quite a bit better than both Quantum of Solace or Casino Royale. That helped the well-received Bond flick to surpass many pundits' box office expectations and reach an impressive $88.36 million by Sunday evening.

Official weekend box office estimates will be released on Sunday morning. Only then will we have a better idea as to how loud will be The Twilight Saga movies' final domestic box office bang. Confirmation will come on Monday, when weekend box office actuals are released.

Nov. 19 update: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was down 42 percent on Saturday and 32 percent on Sunday.

Slightly lower Saturday/Sunday drop-off rates and the addition of Thursday evening showings helped to place the final Twilight Saga movie ($141.06 million) ahead of its immediate predecessor ($138.12 million).

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': First day beats early estimates, but still trailing 'Part 1' & 'New Moon'

Early Nov. 17 update: Twilight: 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 the 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.

These are the bad news. Now for the good news:

Though no records were broken, Breaking Dawn Part 2 did earn anywhere between $6–$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 2 screening. (See further below.)

'Breaking Dawn 2' one of top single-day domestic box office grossers ever

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 fantasy adventure can be found at a still remarkable no. 8.

Among the top ten biggest domestic single-day (inflation-adjusted) grosses ever, four slots are occupied by Twilight movies. There are also two Batman (The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight) and Spider-Man (Spider-Man 2002, Spider-Man 3) movies on the list; plus one Harry Potter (see below) and The Avengers twice.

Summing up, Breaking Dawn Part 2 opened in North America with 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, especially 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. (The Jennifer Lawrence-led The Hunger Games isn't quite a franchise yet.)

Batman remains the domestic single-day record holder

For the record, 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's The Avengers with $80.81 million on opening day. In the cast: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and others.

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 vampires Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson go hunting'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Vampires Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson go hunting.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': International blockbuster

Although still a huge grosser, Breaking Dawn Part 2 seems to be performing more modestly than the previous Twilight sequels in North America. Internationally, however, the conclusion to the Twilight Saga is performing above expectations.

In 61 markets, Breaking Dawn 2 could reach $140 million or more by Sunday evening, for an astounding worldwide total of $275 million after one weekend (plus one or two more days in some territories).

According to Deadline.com, as of Thursday, Breaking Dawn 2 had already brought in an estimated $38.8 million in 37 markets, reportedly breaking the single-day, non-holiday box office record (not adjusted for inflation) in Russia ($4.4 million) and setting the opening-day Twilight record in Brazil ($5.4 million).

'Twilight' movies midnight grosses

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 brought in an estimated $30.4 million from midnight and late Thursday shows.

For comparison's sake, at midnight screenings only (no Thursday evening shows):

  • Breaking Dawn - Part 1 took in $30.25 million at 3,521 locations (Nov. 2011).
  • Eclipse $30.1 million (on a Tuesday in early summer 2010).
  • New Moon $26.27 million (Nov. 2009).

Adjusted for inflation (via Box Office Mojo), the box office figures are as follows:

  • Breaking Dawn - Part 1 approx. $30.7 million.
  • Eclipse $30.3 million.
  • New Moon $27.3 million.

The domestic midnight box office record holder remains the 3D-boosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with $43.5 million in July 2011.

The 2D midnight box office record holder (not adjusted for inflation) remains – by a very slight margin – The Dark Knight Rises with $30.6 million in July 2012. (Too close to call when compared to the inflation-adjusted midnight gross of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which debuted about eight months earlier.)

I should add that the four Twilight Saga sequels are among the top six domestic midnight grossers in North American moviegoing history, trailing only the final Harry Potter and Batman movies.

Why did 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' fail to break 2D midnight record?

Now, why did Breaking Dawn Part 2 fail to break the domestic 2D midnight box office record – even with the addition of 10 p.m. screenings and the extra media attention devoted to the film thanks to last summer's “cheating scandal”?

There could be one key reason; there could be many. Without extensive research into moviegoers' habits, it would be impossible to point out the exact reason.

Having said that, at least for the time being the mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora – reportedly the worst mass shooting in U.S. history – could possibly have put a damper on the popularity of that particular showtime in the United States, a country where psychopaths have free access to weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

According to figures found at Deadline.com, in several European countries – where mass shootings aren't a fact of life like in the U.S. – Breaking Dawn Part 2's midnight box office take far surpassed the grosses of the previous Twilight movies.

Kristen Stewart Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Mackenzie Foy hybrid child RenesmeeKristen Stewart in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2,' with Mackenzie Foy as the hybrid child Renesmee.

Mass shooting fears? 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' attack 'planned'

Now, if Breaking Dawn 2's more “modest” domestic midnight box office take was truly due to the Colorado mass shooting, then it should represent a lower percentage of the the film's total Friday/weekend box office gross (despite the 10 p.m. screenings), as moviegoers eager to see Bella and Edward for the last time will flock to other Breaking Dawn Part 2 showtimes at 4,070 U.S. and Canada sites.

We'll find out for sure when official Friday estimates are released Saturday morning.

But then again, one must also take into account the Springfield News-Leader report that 20-year-old Blaec Lammers from Bolivar, Missouri, has been charged with “first-degree assault, making a terroristic [sic] threat and armed criminal action.”

The reason: Lammers had allegedly planned to stage a mass shooting at a Sunday Breaking Dawn Part 2 screening.

He reportedly told police that he later changed his mind, opting for a mass shooting at the local Walmart “because if he ran out of ammunition he would be able to break the glass where the ammunition is stored and get more.”

Nov. 19 update: Below are the midnight vs. opening weekend percentages of the three Twilight movie sequels opening in November.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 - 21.5 percent.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 - 21.9 percent.

New Moon - 18.4 percent.

The data above indicates that Breaking Dawn 2's midnight grosses, when compared to the film's overall weekend grosses, were not affected by fears of in-theater mass shootings.

However, without a thorough investigation it's impossible to say whether or not there's any indication that moviegoers were frightened by the Springfield News-Leader report.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson topline 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' cast

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – officially, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – is based on the second half of Stephenie Meyer's book Breaking Dawn.

Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the near-endless Breaking Dawn Part 2 cast includes the following:

Elizabeth Reaser. Peter Facinelli. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Jackson Rathbone. Kellan Lutz. Maggie Grace. Mackenzie Foy. Dakota Fanning. Michael Sheen.

Booboo Stewart. MyAnna Buring. Daniel Cudmore. Mia Maestro. Christian Camargo. Rami Malek. Billy Burke. Angela Sarafyan. Bronson Pelletier. Alex Meraz.

Kiowa Gordon. Julia Jones. Chaske Spencer. Charlie Bewley. Jamie Campbell Bower. Andrea Gabriel. Judith Shekoni. Erik Odom. Marlane Barnes. John Edward Lee.

Janelle Froehlich. Lee Pace. Christopher Heyerdahl. Cameron Bright. Casey LaBow. Toni Trucks. Omar Metwally. Masami Kosaka. Amadou Ly. Bill Tangradi. Guri Weinberg.

Tracey Heggins. Lateef Crowder. Christie Burke. JD Pardo. Lisa Howard. Joe Anderson. Billy Wagenseller. Noel Fisher. Valorie Curry. Patrick Brennan. Andrea Powell.

Mostly mediocre reviews

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has a mediocre 48 percent approval rating and 5.3/10 average rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics.

“It's a movie so dull you might start yanking on your own head after about an hour,” writes Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Even so, some top reviewers, including those from the New York Times, Newsday, and Time, had positive things to say about the Twilight Saga wrap-up.

 

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 cast info via the IMDb.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Mackenzie Foy Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 images: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

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37 Comments to 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Biggest Worldwide Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Hit?

  1. Mallory Proverbs

    TWILIGHT RUNS THIS SHIT!!! LOVE THE TRIO LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE ATTACH TO THE SAGA!!! #twilightwillforeverbeinourhearts. There is nothing and will ever be anything like THE TWILIGHT SAGA EVVVVVVVER!

  2. Juliette

    Thank you, for the financial figure update and congratulations to Bill Condon once again, you are one amazing Director you have my full attention and respect, also thank you to the cast and especially Kristen Stewart Robert Patiinson and Taylor Lautner for the way in which you have given Stephanie Meyer's characters life and personalities, and thank you for an escape from reality it is fascinating, I hope every director will be clever enough to cast Kristen, Robert and Taylor together as a trio in another movie together sooner than later, do no loose the momentum of this trio, there is something amazing about them together!

  3. jen

    Wow, what a figure! Who would have thought twilight would become this BIG!?

  4. Cindy

    Its not suprising to me that BD 2 is doing well, it has been attracting non-twihards to watch it. My nephews who wouldnt be caught dead in previous twilight movies, thought this one is seriously cool especially with all the vampire and their superpower powers. I am glad that Twilight ends will a serious bang.
    On the christmas debacle, if memory serves me right, Kristen and Robert have NEVER spends chrismas together, they both spend it with their respective family, then Kristen (usually) will fly out and spend New Year with Robert. All these speculation/rumors in my mind are compeltely made up, seems that Robsten has arrive at Bragelina status level, at the top of the hollowy food chain/and upfortunelately Tabloid gold. You read contradicting stories about both couples practically every week and the same nonsense gets recycle every few month!
    Anyway good article, thanks.

  5. jan martindale

    What were the budgets for each of the Twilight Saga films individually?
    I believe Catherine Hardwick is always given short shrift for the original Twilight film, but the budget had to be far less that what New Moon alone received.

  6. Juliette

    Good Luck, to Bill Condon you are an amazing and one of a kind Director at this stage I do not have words to describe how wonderful a Director you are I am stunned by the figures, also congratulations to the BD 2 cast and to Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, how to see you as a trio in 50Shades of Grey, that would turn the world upside down a first in Hollywood and it is do-able

  7. mari

    “Jacob is my sun”…..cold hard vamps don't warm me…..scorching hard shapeshifters are a different story….especially if you read fan fic.

  8. Bonboy

    Well the truth BD2 its blockbuster like Bond007, iam only saw Skyfall and BD2 two times but my sister saw BD2 5 times and she never interesting see Skyfall…iam lost!!!

  9. miranti hasan

    Robert miss you

  10. jen

    @Khan The author wrote the truth…. Abe and James bowed to Bella facts and figures!

  11. khan

    what a silly written piece. The mere fact that a 50 year old entity and a historical piece are doing so well should not be undermined by a silly headline claiming they got had by a sparkling vampire.

  12. Cat Lauren

    Wow, $600m Worldwide BO, who would have thought it? I am happy that Breaking Dawn Part 2 has done so well and the movie will probably keep the seats filled for awhile longer. I know that I want to see it again, but so many things have been keeping me busy elsewhere. Can't wait until I can to go see it again for the 3rd time. I loved the books and I have to admit that the director did a great job of turning things on it's head by the twist of fortune telling. Great idea!!! Loved it and was surprised to find myself clapping and cheering along with the rest of the audience, at the demise of Aro (wishful thinking). To have our two main characters to perform the act was pure genius. To replace Edward and Bella with new actors any sooner than 10 years would be a big mistake. For example….they remade Red Dawn and it had no use to remake it. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and the rest of the cast was perfect and the story really didn't need to be retold. Back to BD PT 2, loved it.

  13. just me

    they did an amazing job , we showed our love in a box-office.

  14. Lynette Nixon

    I loved the final chapter of Twilight. I'm a twilight die hard fan for life. Waiting for the 5 movies collection package and will buy the four books again for my collection. It was agreat love story that i will continue to read and look at the movies. One Love!

  15. zac

    @robertlady

    Deafening screams or no, the highest-grossing “Twilight” movie in Japan, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo, was “Eclipse”: $6.74m. That's not very much at all for a market as big as Japan.

    In fact, “Eclipse” grossed more than $20m in 10 countries. So, when it comes to “The Twilight Saga,” Japan hasn't been a major market.

  16. setha2z

    It just occurred to me that if they remake the series in a few years, suggested by Alice below, the original audience will have aged so they could make an “R” version for them. That would all but guarantee even larger worldwide sales by itself!

  17. setha2z

    Popularity is based on ticket sales rather than immeasurables like fan screams. I would not be at all surprised if BD 2 sales surpass the take on each of the other 4 films in the saga. I think the movie is better, it is the last opportunity for the legions of obsessed fans to watch, and the story is completed in it. I don't agree with Alice about possible remakes, though. If the actors seem perfect for their roles, it is probably because we are so used to them by now. When they rolled out each one, though, I have usually thought they were a poor fit for their respective roles. Parts have been under- or over-acted, too. For instance, “Edward” is underacted, while Michael Sheen grossly overacts his parts, I think. I am a full-on Twihard, yet even so, think there is a lot to improve upon in all categories starting with the story/screenplay. That's good news because it gives us lots to look forward to!

  18. robertlady

    i don't agree with the statement that twilight isn't popular in japan as in europe japanese fans reactions: they are always screaming!!!!!

  19. Alice McCarty

    Breaking Dawn 1 and 2 are great movies that will sell well in DVD
    also. I think if it's ever put out as a boxed set of all five movies, and
    if all of the stars and directors ,past and present are invited to speak people who already own the single disc movies will buy the set. There is something about this series that is almost addictive. Every person seems perfect for their part. That's rare. The soundtracks are exceptional also. They will remake this movie in a few years but how they will improve on this cast I don't know.

  20. just me

    tskkk;)

    good but could be better if i had time to go to and see it more twice

  21. just me

    i just saw the other comment..lol i suppose it was one of those tests where you have to find an exception to exclude the premature Alzheimer XD

  22. just me

    as usual, thank you for the info:)

  23. zac

    @sherry

    Huh???

  24. ellenj55

    Bravo BD2

  25. sherry

    Next time you write an article, leave the gross stuff out of it!!! Seriously, cuming !!!! Are you sure you are old enough to be in the profession that you are in?? What are you a 15 year old boy?? If you hate your job, maybe it is time to look for another one.

  26. 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.

  27. stacy

    It was amazing!!!!! It totally took my breath away and I swear my heart stopped beating! I was in shock after Carlie was killed and in tears after Jasper was killed. I love the twilight series. It is such a well written and produced movie and my hats off the ALL of the actors and actresses. I only wish there would be another book to continue following Jacob and Remesme' throughout their live and the pregnancy of her. Does she have a tri-part baby (human, vampire, werewolf) does it look human or is it a litter? So much could still be done. Just saying!

  28. 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.

  29. Bonboy

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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!!

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

    Upcoming
    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 .

  36. Freda Ericssen

    Why not to mention KS's cheating as the main reason? After her indiscretions a lot of fans are disappointed and less enthusiastic, she's even being booed at the theaters.

  37. Jeremy Norton

    OHMYGOD! What's wrong with those people?! mass shooting? That is so disturbing!