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Twilight's Breaking Dawn Part 1 is fifth largest US opener of all-time

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Story by Jack Foley

THE first part of the final chapter in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn Part 1 has become the fifth highest opening film of all-time in the US.

Bill Condon’s film, the fourth in the series, took a whopping $139.5 million in the US and $144 million overseas for a franchise best $283.5 million.

Ironically, one of the film’s ahead of it in the all-time best openers list was The Twilight Saga: New Moon which remains the strongest debut for the franchise with $142.8 million.

Commenting on the opening, though, Richie Fay, president of distribution of US distributor Summit, said: “We faced the weekend with some trepidation because you don’t really know on a fourth installment whether you are going to maintain the interest of your audience.

“The numbers seem to speak for themselves. We got as close to New Moon as we could.”

The breakdown of audience figures that accompanies any major release nowadays continued to show that women were the biggest ticket buyers, accounting for 80% of the US total. What was surprising, however, was that audience age rose to above 25.

Of the other new releases, animated sequel Happy Feet Two opened to a ‘soft’ $22 million when compared to the $42.7 million taken by the original way back in 2006.

While new George Clooney flick, The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne, took tenth spot despite only playing in 29 cinemas.

The top five in the US, meanwhile, was occupied by Breaking Dawn Part 1, Happy Feet Two, Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill and Puss in Boots.

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