‘Twilight’ franchise wraps up with record-breaking box office debut, ‘Skyfall’ earns another massive weekend

By Daniel S Levine,

The final film in the Twilight Saga got off to a record-breaking start this weekend. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 earned the eighth-best domestic opening in history and came in just shy of beating the franchise mark set by 2009’s New Moon. The film also got off to an amazing start internationally, grossing nearly $200 million.

Summit, the studio that released the film, estimates that Breaking Dawn 2 made $141.3 million in its first weekend, reports Entertainment Weekly. Add in the $199.6 million the film made overseas, and it got off to a $340.9 million start globally. It means that the film should have no trouble reaching the $700 million mark, which the past three Twilight films have all done.

While it did better than Breaking Dawn 1, it failed to break the $142.8 million mark that 2009’s New Moon debuted to. That’s noticeably different from other franchises, where the last film typically holds the franchise record, notes Box Office Mojo.

Still, the audiences that saw the film loved it, giving it an “A” CinemaScore grade, so it is likely to stick around.

The James Bond film Skyfall continues to set records for that 50-year-old franchise. The film dropped 53 percent from its opening weekend, grossing $41.5 million. After just 10 days, the film has made $161.3 million. This week, it should become the highest-grossing Bond film domestically. 2008’s Quantum of Solace currently holds the record with $168.4 million.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln made $21 million in its first weekend in wide release. It was shown at 1,775 locations and that number will grow to 2,000 for the Thanksgiving weekend.

At the specialty box office, Silver Linings Playbook and Anna Karenina, two awards contenders, had decent debuts. Silver Linings Playbook grossed $458,430, while Anna Karenina made $315,395. Both were shown at just 16 locations.

image: Summit/EPK.tv

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