The Wall Street Journal has the very latest box office numbers for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Breaking Dawn – Part 1 has taken in $139.5 million domestically and another $144 million worldwide, bringing the worldwide total to $283.5 million in it’s opening weekend. This makes Breaking Dawn – Part 1only second to New Moon in The Twilight Saga so far, which had a domestic openingweekend of $142.8M
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" earned $283.5 million world-wide in its opening weekend, proving the vampire-romance series hasn't lost any of its bite with audiences.
The latest installment of the fantasy movie took in $139.5 million domestically and grossed $144 million abroad from 54 territories. The movie, which cost $110 million to make, was released by Summit Entertainment LLC.
As for domestic openings this year, "Breaking Dawn Part 1" trails only the $169.2 million opening of "Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2" in July. Unlike the Harry Potter film, "Breaking Dawn Part 1" was released strictly in 2-D and didn't receive any bump from higher-priced 3-D tickets.
The total for "Breaking Dawn Part 1" includes $30.3 million from midnight screenings on Thursday night.
Directed by Bill Condon, "Breaking Dawn Part 1," the fourth movie in a planned series of five, stars Kristen Stewart as a human teenager who marries and become pregnant by a vampire (Robert Pattinson).
The opening was in line with Summit's expectations, said Richie Fay, the studio's president of domestic distribution. Summit was initially concerned that the year-and-a-half gap since the previous "Twilight" installment, "Eclipse," might erode attendance, but fans turned out in record numbers.
As expected, women made up the majority of the audience for "Breaking Dawn Part 1," with females making up 80% of ticket-buyers.
The opening bodes well for "Breaking Dawn Part 2," the final title in the franchise, which is to be released next November.
The weekend's other big release, the animated penguin feature "Happy Feet Two," had to settle for $22 million from 3,606 theaters. The audience was primarily female, with women making up 57% of the audience. Released by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Pictures, the $135 million film is a follow-up to 2006's original, which grossed $41.5 million its opening weekend and $198 million domestically.
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