Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 £23.31m from just 10 days of release $489.3 million world wide The seventh biggest hit of the year


“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” took in $42 million domestically over the three-day weekend and $62.3 million in the five-day Thanksgiving boom time from Wednesday to Sunday. That raised its domestic total to $221.3 million, while the Summit Entertainment release added $71.5 million overseas to lift the international total to $268 million and the worldwide take to $489.3 million.

There was little surprise at the UK box office this past weekend as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 pulled in another £4.6m in receipts, with the fourth entry in the hugely popular vampire romance series pushing its grand total to £23.3m after just 10 days on screens. It's certainly been a good start for the penultimate installment and although its hardly pushing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - which had amassed a hefty £44.3m at the same stage of release - it's already the sixth biggest film of the year on these shores. 

After a somewhat disappointing opening, Aardman Animations' Arthur Christmas retains second place for the third week consecutive week (and also manages to increase its haul for the third week in a row), while £749,819 is enough to place My Week with Marilyn in third, making it the highest of six new entries in the chart and pushing The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Immortals down one place apiece to fourth and fifth respectively.

Moving on and it's nearly all change in the bottom half of the chart, with the only familiar face being the Justin Timberlake sci-fi thriller In Time, which falls three spots from last week to finish up in eighth. Placing above that is 50/50, with the Seth Rogen / Joseph Gordon-Levitt cancer comedy taking in £410k to claim sixth, while the Daniel Craig / Rachel Weisz thriller Dream House opens in seventh with £304k. Bollywood comedy Desi Boyz enjoys a solid debut in ninth with £243k, leaving baseball dramaMoneyball to pick up the wooden spoon in tenth with £230k

With "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" still crushing all competition at the box office, it's clear from the film's overwhelming fan support that the highly anticipated instant hit will be raking in more dough in the coming weeks and months.

As expected, plenty of folks had trouble selecting just one favorite scene from the action-packed, 117-minute movie. In addition to the three early favorites — the honeymoon scene, birth scene and wedding scene — according to our quick poll, fans seem happiest with the family toasts at Edward and Bella's wedding and Jacob imprinting on Renesmee.

"Love wedding scene and Charlie's speech, also Jake's imprinting to Renesmee scene," Daniela Imrichova said.

"I feel the wedding speeches were a well-thought addition 2 the movie - since it wasnt in the books. LUV Emmet's the best!" gushed Kristen Grumbine.

"My favorite scene was Jake imprinting on Renesmee it really touched my heart that Jake finally found true love," Christine Waters chimed in.

"Jacob imprinting its perfect. I've seen it four times so far and still cry," admitted Desiree Kozlowski.

"I have already watched it 3 times. #Favoritepart = THE WHOLE MOVIE," wrote Valentina.

Despite falling a steep 67%, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is providing plenty of cheer to backers Summit and local distributor Entertainment One. With a cumulative total of £23.31m from just 10 days of release, the film is already the seventh biggest hit of the year, after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, The King's Speech, The Inbetweeners Movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover: Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A place below Breaking Dawn is Bridesmaids, with £23.01m.

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