The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Last night, Bill Condon's 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' swept the 2013 Golden Raspberries, taking home seven "awards" including Worst Picture and Worst Director. The 'Twilight' films have always been a favorite at the annual celebration of bad cinema and it's obvious that they wanted to send the beloved/mocked franchise out in style. Still, we can't help but wonder...is it time to completely retool the Razzies?
There's no use beating around the bush here -- this was a pretty dull weekend at the box office. There was only one new release, but it was a dump that bombed rather spectacularly and the rest of the line-up is essentially the same as last week, with only a few titles shuffling around. It's the the quiet before the storm...the storm being 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' which opens in a few days.
Anyone who follows the box office will look upon this weekend's results and feel strong pangs of deja vu. Isn't this the same thing as las week?! Pretty much, yeah. The vast majority of the top ten stayed in the same position as last weekend thanks to an incredibly weak crop of new releases, making these some of the strangest box office numbers seen in 2012.
Many Americans found themselves with four days off last week, ostensibly so they could go see their family and eat turkey and celebrate Thanksgiving from the comfort of their homes. Instead, they went to the movies. In fact, this was the biggest Thanksgiving box office of all time. Congratulations, America!
As expected, the fifth and final film of the 'Twilight' series opened huge. In fact, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' had the second biggest opening of the franchise and when you consider how huge these things tend to open, that's a big accomplishment. However, this was not just a victorious weekend for Twi-hards -- just about every film in the top ten had something to cheer about.
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.
The opening credits of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' alternate between red and white images; seeping blood, spreading ice crystals. The symbolism couldn't be clearer: bundle up, Twihards, it's going to be a long cold lonely winter. Here comes the sun, dawn is breaking, and with it the end of your beloved franchise. After this, no more sexy vampires and hunky werewolves. It's all over -- and now that it is all over, let's give 'Twilight' its due: as one of the absolute bats--- craziest blockbusters in Hollywood history.