Monday 24 July 2017

Breaking Dawn takes £180m worldwide

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in the Twilight Saga movies
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in the Twilight Saga movies

The Twilight Saga has staked out another huge opening with a 139.5 million US dollars (£88.4 million) first weekend in America, and a worldwide launch of 283.5 million dollars (£180 million).

The US total gives The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 the second-best debut weekend for the franchise, after the 142.8 million dollars (£90.4 million) launch for 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Breaking Dawn did more than half of its business, 72 million dollars (£45.6 million), on opening day Friday.

Opening in 54 countries outside of the US, Breaking Dawn pulled in 144 million dollars (£91 million) internationally.

But the dancing penguin sequel Happy Feet 2 stumbled in its debut, pulling in just 22 million dollars (£14 million) over opening weekend. That is barely half what the first film in the animated franchise earned in its opening weekend in 2006.

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