The Twilight Saga’s epic love story between Bella and Edward begins its final romantic journey at the worldwide box office as Summit Entertainment released Breaking Dawn Part 2 internationally this week before opening in North America Friday. I’ve learned that 3 out of the 4 overseas markets are already smashing franchise attendance and grosses records. It’s certain that Breaking Dawn Part 2 will surge past Part 1‘s $428.6M international total and exceed $709.9M worldwide:
FRANCE – The official preview numbers came in from France which opened earlier this week. First night attendance was 219,000 which translates to €1.4M ($1.8M). This result is 45% higher than Breaking Dawn Part 1’s 150,000 preview admissions. Their BD1/BD2 marathon alone brought in 25,000 admissions.
THE NETHERLANDS – Netherlands results are a record for the franchise. Some 50 screens pulled in 21,000 admissions (with some theaters still missing) for a gross of €309K ($392K) for the highest pre-day opening for the franchise. By comparison, Eclipse brought in €216K ($264K) and Breaking Dawn Part 1 €151K ($218K).
SWEDEN – Sweden had 20,000 marathon/midnight admissions which is the highest for the franchise in this territory. The box office generated 2.5M SEK ($362K). Eclipse had 17,000 admission followed by New Moon with 15,000 andBreaking Dawn Part 1 with 13,000.
BELGIUM – Belgium had a sensational night of marathons and double features and took in approximately 27,000 to see the new film. That equals €418K ($531K). To compare, Breaking Dawn Part 1 had 13,000 admissions for €228K ($289K).