Breaking Dawn Smashes Box Office: Tops Twilight, Eclipse, Pirates with Four New Records
The 3-day weekend gross was over $138M, making it the 5th-highest ever. The 2nd-highest last weekend was Happy Feet 2, which made $21M during the same period.
Breaking Dawn Joins 3-Day Weekend Hall of Fame
Breaking Dawn Part 1 replaced Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest on the list of the Top 5 highest-grossing movies ever for 3-day domestic weekend totals. Here’s the new Top 5-
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II with $169,189,427 on 4,375 screens ($38,672 screen average) – Released July 15, 2011, $125M Production Budget
- The Dark Knight with $158,411,483 on 4,366 screens ($36,283 screen average) – Released July 18, 2008, $185M Production Budget
- Spider-Man 3 with $151,116,516 on 4,252 screens ($35,540 screen average) – Released May 4, 2007, $258M Production Budget
- New Moon with $142,839,137 on 4,024 screens ($35,497 screen average) – Released November 20, 2009, $50M Production Budget
- Breaking Dawn: Part 1 with $138,122,261 on 4,061 screens ($34,012 screen average) – Released November 18, 2011, $127.5M Production Budget
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with $135,634,554 on 4,133 screens ($32,817 screen average) -Released July 7, 2006, $225M Production Budget
For comparison, Eclipse made $120,898,294 and Twilight made $69,637,740 during the first 3 days of release. But that’s not all!
Twilight Saga Tops November Movie History
The Twilight Saga now holds the top two spots for the top-grossing weekends in November ever, with New Moon and Breaking Dawn Part 1 at #1 and #2 respectively. #3 through #6 go to Harry Potter films, and #8 is the original Twilight.
Breaking Dawn Joins the $100 Million Club
Breaking Dawn Part 1 is one of only six movies that have ever made more than $100M in 2 days. Only five other films hold that honor-New Moon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Spider Man 3, and The Dark Knight.
Twilight Saga Takes 3 of 5 Spots on 1-Day Total List
Three of the four Twilight Saga films now reside on the list of the highest-grossing movies during a 1-day period. Here are the new top five-
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II – $91,071,119
- The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $72,703,754
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $71,642,526
- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $68,533,840
- The Dark Knight – $67,165,092
Twilight, Eclipse, New Moon & Breaking Dawn 5-Day Totals
Here are the US box-office totals for the first 5 days of release for The Twilight Saga films released so far:
- Twilight: $80,165,620
- New Moon: $164,674,318
- Eclipse: $157,577,169
- Breaking Dawn Part 1: $158,978,162
Breaking Dawn Worldwide Gross
If all these numbers aren’t enough to impress, don’t forget the rest of the world!
Internationally, Breaking Dawn Part 1 has already scored $144M overseas, making the 5-day total across the globe a jaw-dropping $302,978,162!
Twilight and Harry Potter
No matter the numbers, it’s clear the fans love the movie and that is what matters. But the numbers are fun to keep an eye on.
I wonder if Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be able to grab the top spot from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II next year? Note that Deathly Hallows I isn’t even in these lists, so perhaps the “Part 2″ has some pull.
What do you think about the numbers for Breaking Dawn Part 1 and what’s your prediction for Part 2? Let us know in the comments!
UPDATE: These numbers are particularly striking as Breaking Dawn Part 1 didn’t benefit from the higher ticket prices of 3D and IMAX like Deathly Hallows II– “with the exception of Eclipse, every Twilight film was released WITHOUT 3D and IMAX so to make that much without extra charges is amazing. Let it be known that New Moon and Breaking Dawn have the biggest opening ever for a non 3D or IMAX film as well!”