‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2’ set to break previous franchise record

By Daniel S Levine,

The final film in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, opens in theaters this weekend and most fans of the novels probably rushed out to see it Thursday night. Analysts are predicting a huge weekend for the film, suggesting that it could break the franchise’s previous record for a debut weekend.

According to Box Office Mojo, this weekend could be one of Hollywood’s biggest in recent memory. Skyfall, which made $90 million last week, could have another great weekend and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln also goes wide.

As for Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Hollywood Reporter notes that observers believe the film will make between $145 million to $150 million. That would easily push it past 2009’s New Moon, which currently holds the franchise record with a $142.8 million opening.

Screenings of the film started at 10pm Thursday and it will reach 4,070 locations in total this weekend. Fandango has said that some screenings are sold out and that it has accounted for 92 percent of all advance sales on the site by Thursday morning.

Deadline reports that the film is also opening internationally. It opened in several European countries, including France and Italy, on Wednesday and grossed $13.8 million.

After just six days, Lincoln has already made $1.33 million, despite only showing at 11 locations. Entertainment Weekly predicts that the film will make around $16 million.

In between Twilight and Lincoln will be Skyfall, which could add nearly $50 million in its second weekend, and Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which is predicted to add around $20 million.

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