Box Office Preview: ‘Twilight’ is Opening Huge, Of Course
Did anyone think ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘ wasn’t going to open at number one this weekend? You know what? Let’s rephrase that: did anyone think it wasn’t going to open huuuge this weekend? You’ll definitely hear some moaning in the coming days that the climactic adventures of Bella and her supernatural boyfriends didn’t break any franchise records, but it’s so incredibly close that this is a non-argument. Whether it breaks records or not, the film has the sixth biggest opening day of all time, making it the fourth ‘Twilight’ film in the top ten opening days of all time.
With $71.2 million earned on Friday alone, ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2′ is just shy of ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1′s $71.6 million, which is just shy of ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s $72.7. For the record, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ had a $68 million opening day and the first ‘Twilight’ had a $35 million first day. Yep, these numbers are all accurate: the first Fridays of some ‘Twilight’ movies is a final gross many films hope and dream for.
While we’re here, the biggest opening day of all time still belongs to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,’ which made $91 million. That’s a record that may stick around for awhile: ‘The Avengers’ went on to gross significantly more in the end, but its opening day was shy of the record with $80 million.
The rest of the box office was pretty quiet (and we’ll take our usual in-depth look at everything tomorrow), but special attention must be paid to ‘Skyfall,’ which is only $34 million away from being the highest grossing James Bond of all time (not including inflation, of course). It’ll be a strong second weekend for Agent 007 thanks to one of his most dangerous missions yet: catering to the vast numbers of moviegoers who roll their eyes at ‘Twilight.’