‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ Dominating U.S. Box Office, Even Bigger Overseas
After an impressive debut last week that found "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" take home the eighth largest opening weekend ticket sales ever, the fourth and final "Twilight" film looks poised to take over the world.
The film made $141 million total from its first weekend released domestically, but according to box office analysts, the real story is the response "Part 2" is receiving overseas.
According to Box Office Mojo, foreign ticket sales for "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" have added nearly $200 million to its box office total, which currently sits at $362.5 million. That's the number people should focus on, Boxoffice.com's Phil Contrino told MTV News.
" 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' 's domestic performance isn't nearly as interesting as what it's doing globally," Contrino wrote in an email to MTV News. "If 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' tops 'Part 1' 's worldwide total - and it's on pace to do just that - it won't be because it performed a whole lot better domestically. It'll be because moviegoers overseas are still very excited by the franchise."
If the film continues to perform at this pace internationally, "Part - 2" should have no problem surpassing the saga's current record-holder for worldwide total sales, "Breaking Dawn - Part 1." The first installment of the finale finished up with $712.2 million.
Analysts believe "Part 2" will sink its teeth even deeper into the domestic box office Thanksgiving weekend. The film has earned $62.6 million from the holiday so far, according to Deadline.com, and is expected to help create the biggest-ever five-day Thanksgiving movie going weekend, with a potential $275 million total netted at the box office, which would smash 2009′s record of $258.6 million.
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" may not have set a franchise record with its opening weekend ticket sales, but the cult of Twi-hards is clearly still very strong. The phenomenon of "Twilight" - from Stephanie Meyer's novels, to their film counterparts - has evolved into one of the most profitable franchises in modern pop culture. According to Box Office Mojo, the first "Twilight" in 2008 took in $69.6 million its opening weekend and went on to earn $192.8 million overall.
"Part 2" picks up immediately where the previous film left off, with heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) experiencing her first moments as a newly transformed vampire. While her husband, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), reintroduces her to his coven, Bella also reunites with her werewolf pal Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and meets the half-human/half-vampire daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), she carried and birthed as a human.