Twilight $283 Million In Opening Weekend

Twilight $283 Million – Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 earned just over $283.5 million world-wide in its opening weekend, proving the vampire-romance series hasn’t lost any of its bite with audiences.

The latest installment of the fantasy movie took in $139.5 million domestically and grossed $144 million abroad from 54 territories. The movie, which cost $110 million to make, was released by Summit Entertainment LLC.

As for domestic openings this year, “Breaking Dawn Part 1” trails only the $169.2 million opening of “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2” in July. Unlike the Harry Potter film, “Breaking Dawn Part 1” was released strictly in 2-D and didn’t receive any bump from higher-priced 3-D tickets.

The total for “Breaking Dawn Part 1” includes $30.3 million from midnight screenings on Thursday night.

Directed by Bill Condon, “Breaking Dawn Part 1,” the fourth movie in a planned series of five, stars Kristen Stewart as a human teenager who marries and become pregnant by a vampire played by Robert Pattinson.

The opening was in line with Summit’s expectations, said Richie Fay, the studio’s president of domestic distribution. Summit was initially concerned that the year-and-a-half gap since the previous “Twilight” installment, “Eclipse,” might erode attendance, but fans turned out in record numbers.

As expected, women made up the majority of the audience for the latest Twilight movie with females making up 80% of ticket-buyers. “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” the final installment in the franchise is due out next December.

The weekend’s other big release, the animated penguin feature “Happy Feet Two,” had to settle for $22 mill from 3,606 theaters. The audience was also primarily female, with women making up 57% of the audience.