Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Breaking Dawn" Stakes Out A Monstrous Opening Weekend

The British Columbia-lensed, Summit Entertainment feature "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1" staked out a monstrous box office opening weekend, earning $139.5 million domestically, for a total worldwide launch of $283.5 million.

Directed by Bill Condon, the romance horror thriller opened in 54 overseas markets, earning $144 million internationally.

Based on the novel by author Stephenie Meyer, the "Breaking Dawn" screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, follows Kristen Stewart marrying 'vampire lover' Robert Pattinson, whose blood-sucking family strikes an alliance with 'werewolf' Taylor Lautner to protect the bride and the monster baby she's carrying.

The separate 2-part movies will form the fourth and final installment in "The Twilight Saga" movie series, executive produced by Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer.

The "Twilight" features are considered a 'rare' blockbuster franchise driven by female viewers, with Summit Entertainment confirming that women and girls made up 80 per cent of the audience for "Breaking Dawn."

"It relates really to young girls and things that are important to them," said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Summit. "Their romantic ideas of love and relationships..."

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will be released November 16, 2012.

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