'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Crowns as Top Grosser

2012-11-19 11:37:17    xinhua    Web Editor: Xie Tingting

Poster of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" [Photo: ent.sina.com.cn]

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has expectantly struck a chord with audiences in North America, as it debuted for a weekend of 141.3-million-dollar worth of tickets, the eighth biggest premiere in all time in Hollywood.

The final teenager-skewing vampire-and-werewolve romantic fantasy drama, released by Summit Entertainment and hit the theaters in the United States and Canada on Friday, November 16, 2012, ranked in tenth if ticket price inflation is taken into account. Although the projected statistics are a bit lower than Saturday's estimate of 162.2 million dollars, the performance is anyway better than the 138.12-million-dollar debut of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" which opened in July 2011. However, it still paled comparing with the 142.84-million-dollar premiere of 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon".

The finale installment, which also is the fifth film of the wildly popular vampire series, won the resounding victory with the help of lingering appeal of the romance, the good press and the rave reviews in the leadup to its premiere. In the swan-song drama, Kristen Stewart plays Bella who, as Mrs. Edward Cullen, is adjusting to her new life as both a mother and a vampire. Mrs. Cullen and her husband (played by Robert Pattinson) round up a crew of sympathetic vampires and werewolves to side with the family when malevolent Volturi go after their child.

A majority of the film-goers, or 79 percent, was female with a half of the audience under 25 years old. The movie-goers who have seen the film liked it, and assigned a "A" CinemaScotre to the swan song.

"Skyfall" trailed in No. 2 with 41.5-million-dollar worth of tickets. The 23rd James Bond film in the 50-year-old spy franchise is on track for a 161.3-million-dollar gross over two weeks.

"Lincoln", a Steven Spielberg directed drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, finished in No. 3 with 21 million dollars in ticket sales, according to distributor The Walt Disney Co. An older audience-skewing drama, it received an "A" CinemaScore from the movie-goers, which indicates that it will achieve an excellent performance in the weeks to come.