Final Twilight bows out on franchise high internationally
Story by Jack Foley
THE final film in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 has enjoyed a franchise-best world-wide opening.
The film took $340.9 million, including $141.3 million in the US. And while that figure wasn’t the best the franchise has enjoyed when looking at US figures alone, it’s global reach continues to extend.
In America, The Twilight Saga: New Moon continues to be the best performer, having taken $142.8 million on the same weekend in 2009.
But Part 2 did open ahead of the $138.1 million posted by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
Internationally, including the UK, Breaking Dawn 2 opened well ahead of previous Twilight films in almost every territory.
Other headline makers in the US included James Bond adventure Skyfall, which finished the weekend with a world-wide total of $669.2 million to become the top grossing 007 film of all time (not accounting for inflation).
The film also took a further $41.5 million in its second weekend of US release, bringing its American total to $161.3 million and slipping to second spot.
While Steven Spielberg’s awards contender Lincoln also made news as it expanded nationwide and took $21 million for third spot, despite still only being on a modest release.
Of the other awards contending openers on limited release, Silver Linings Playbook and Anna Karenina both saw lukewarm attendances – although that could well be because of attention being focused elsewhere for the moment.