Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 bites deep at box office

19 November 2012

Saga finale delivers $341million (£215m) worldwide opening.

DI The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 (13)DI The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 (13)There was no doubt that the fifth and final act of the Twilight series would clean up at the global box office. The only question was, by how much?

Well, while the estimated North American take of $141m fell a few dollars short of the franchise's own opening weekend record ($142.8m for first sequel New Moon), it was enough to put Breaking Dawn Part 2 eighth on the all-time list for US and Canada.

With a further $199.6m coming from other global territories, the final chapter in the romantic fangtasy (unless author Stephenie Meyers rekindles the story) is the fourth biggest opener in the world this year.

Not bad for a movie unassisted by the 3D and IMAX ticket premiums that pushed Avengers Assemble (with $207.4m) and The Dark Knight Rises ($160.8m) to the top of the pile (The Hunger Games is third with $152.5).

Inevitably, someone had to make way for Edward and Bella and that someone was Bond, James Bond. But although Skyfall dropped to second place in the US, its second weekend take of $41.5m made it the most lucrative Bond movie ever.

Skyfall has now made $669m internationally, comfortably overtaking the franchise's previous record holder Casino Royale which made just under $600m.

Of course, Bond will be back. And with box office takings like this, it would be a surprise if Breaking Dawn Part 2 would be the last we see of Edward and Bella.

Sources: Reuters; Hitflix.