Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Breaking Dawn' Scores Fifth-Biggest Box-Office

The fourth of Summit's vampire-and-werewolf movies had the franchise's second best three-day opening ever, behind 2009's "New Moon" ($142.8 million in November 2009).

For a box office that's down about 3.5 percent from last year, "Breaking Dawn" is only the second movie this year, including the summer's final "Harry Potter" film, to open to more than $100 million. (There were four $100 million openers last year.)

And it had the third-best opening Friday ever, grossing $71.4 million -- behind only this year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and "New Moon."
With the release of the latest and fourth Twilight series movie, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, parents are again asking themselves about the right way to talk about sex with their teenagers.

The Twilight series follows the relationship of Bella, a human teenage girl, and Edward, a vampire who looks 17 but is actually over 100 years old. The Twilight series has been praised for acknowledging teenage sexual desire — now that’s going out on a limb — while wholesomely suggesting to teens that they should save themselves for marriage, or at least the fourth movie, before having rough vampire sex.
'Breaking Dawn' Scores Fifth-Biggest Box-Office Debut
'Twilight' flick's $139.5 million weekend puts it in the record books, with 'Happy Feet Two' at a distant second.
Despite the fact that Bella and Edward, old fashioned couple that they are, wait until marriage to consummate their relationship, others have criticized the series as soft core porn in the guise of abstinence promotion.
"Breaking Dawn's" international numbers were as strong as its domestic ones. The movie grossed $144 million in 54 territories, giving it a worldwide box office total of $283.5 million in just three days. The movie cost about $110 million to make, after tax rebates.

While "Breaking Dawn" almost exactly matched its pre-release predictions, the animated penguins of Warner Bros.' "Happy Feet Two" grossed only $22 million, according to studio estimates -- enough to rank the movie No. 2 this weekend, but still a disappointing performance. The movie was projected to open to about $30 million.

Relativity Media's "Immortals," meanwhile, grossed $12.2 million in its second weekend of release -- a 62 percent drop. It is No. 3 at the box office.
This weekend, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" will see competition from Jason Segel's spirited and reverential revival of "The Muppets" (which currently boasts a perfect 100 score on film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes); iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese's 3-D adventure "Hugo"; and kids' flick "Arthur Christmas," among others. Horror master David Cronenberg's period drama "A Dangerous Method" and Oscar bait "My Week With Marilyn," which stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, open in limited release.


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