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Friday 23 March 2018

Twilight big-screen success goes on

Robert Pattinson is once again proving a hit with cinema-goers
Robert Pattinson is once again proving a hit with cinema-goers

The latest Twilight film cast the longest shadow with 16.9 million dollars for a third-straight No 1 finish during one of the year's slowest weekends at the US box office.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, starring heartthrob Robert Pattinson, raised its domestic haul to 247.3 million dollars. Breaking Dawn added 40.2 million dollars overseas, taking it to a tally of 341 million dollars internationally and 588.3 million dollars worldwide.

But business was dismal, with box-office tracker Hollywood.com estimating domestic revenues totalled just 82 million dollars - putting it barely ahead of Hollywood's worst haul of the year, when revenues were 81.5 million dollars over the second weekend in September.

Once studios release final numbers this week, the past weekend could come in as the worst of the year if revenues finish even lower.

The slowdown is surprising given the high profile releases among the top-10 films, particularly family fare such as The Muppets, Hugo and Arthur Christmas.

"It's tough to blame it on the product when the product is pretty good and the films are solid," said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "While the post-Thanksgiving weekend is typically slow, it's not usually this slow."

The dreary weekend comes after a relatively quiet Thanksgiving holiday at cinemas stateside, despite analysts' predictions of potential holiday records because of a great line-up of films.

Coming in second again was Disney's The Muppets with 11.2 million dollars, lifting the family film's domestic total to 56.1 million dollars. Despite good reviews, however, The Muppets' audience was off more sharply than any other top-10 movie compared to Thanksgiving weekend.

Paramount's family adventure Hugo, an acclaimed saga directed by Martin Scorsese, finished third with 7.6 million dollars, raising its domestic take to 25.2 million.

Sony's animated holiday comedy Arthur Christmas was fourth with 7.4 million dollars, pushing its total to 25.3 million dollars.

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