Though it won’t hit stores until later in the week, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One” should continue its unbelievable commercial success in the home market starting this Saturday. “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” was one of the biggest theatrical hits of 2011, with more than $700 million in worldwide revenue and an eye-popping domestic opening of $138 million when it hit theaters last November. The conclusion of the series, “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” is slated to hit theaters this November and promises to be nothing short of epic in terms of hype in the months leading up to its release.
Seeing Bella’s wedding dress come to life in this installment of The Twilight Saga was one of the more highly anticipated moments of the franchise. Stephenie Meyer says, “My favorite designer, Carolina Herrera, did the wedding dress. I wanted the dress to be something special, not something that you’re going to see every day. I love what Carolina did with it, she came up with a stunning concept. It’s similar to what I envisioned, but with added elements.”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, took in a whopping $139.5 million to top the U.S. box office this weekend.
“Happy Feet Two,” the animated sequel with the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams among others, was a distant second with more than $22.02 million.
All studio estimates of gross U.S. receipts during the weekend are via Box Office Mojo.
“Immortals” was third with more than $12.25 million; “Jack and Jill” fourth with $12 million; “Puss in Boots” fifth with more than $10.72 million; “Tower Heist” sixth with $7 million; “J. Edgar” seventh with $5.9 million; “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” eighth with $2.9 million; “Paranormal Activity 3” ninth with $1 million.
“Footloose (2011)” was 10th with $835,000.
Breaking Dawn: Part 1 finished in the opening-day record books just behind New Moon, and just ahead of Eclipse with a $72 million estimated Friday box-office take.
Twilight is now only the second movie series to place at least three installments in Hollywood’s Top 10 for biggest-ever single-day debuts.
Here’s a complete rundown of the all-time biggest opening days, per rankings compiled by Box Office Mojo:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, $91.1 million
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $72.7 million
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, $72 million
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $68.5 million
The Dark Knight, $67.2 million
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $62 million
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, $61.7 million
Spider-Man 3, $60 million
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $58.2 million
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, $55.8 million
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Team Edward rejoice. Bella is about to become Mrs. Edward Cullen. That means they live happily ever after, right? Well, no. So much goes wrong that Breaking Dawn had to be split into two films to cover it all. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 opens Friday.
For his fourth movie as vampire Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson met the press for the penultimate time. The role has made him a teen heartthrob and a movie star, and here’s what he’s had to say about all his success.
Q: You, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were immortalizes at Grauman’s Chinese theater. What did that feel like?
RP: It’s kind of incredible. I stayed at the Magic Castle the first few times I came to LA when I was like 17. I used to walk down there all the time and had no idea that Hollywood Blvd. looked the way that it does. I was totally unemployable. It wasn’t even in the realm of any kind of understanding and it still isn’t at all. I don’t really feel like I’ve even done it. I feel like there’s just this wave has happened and I’m just on it. I’ve never really had any kind of, it’s difficult, I feel like I’m going to feel the personal connection in 20 years from now. I feel like now it’s just all part of the same thing. I was kind of embarrassed when I did it because I messed it up and stood on my own handprints. The one handprint which is messed up. But it’s incredible. It represents something amazing. I think it’s totally ridiculous. I don’t even know how to feel about it. It’s juts kind of mind blowing.
Q: Bella and Edward have an extravagant wedding. Would you want one of those in your own life?
RP: It does seem like a bit of a hassle. I was just doing an interview with Kristen. She kind of got all annoyed with me for saying the groom’s role in a wedding is basically just as a prop. Even playing the part, you kind of realize it’s a clear indication of whose day it is when you’re standing at one end of the aisle and the entire congregation is looking at the girl, you’re in the same suit as every other guy just kind of waiting and she’s in a princess dress walking down. It’s really just any guy who tries to get involved in organizing a wedding, or has an opinion of what the wedding should be, then they’re kind of ridiculous. It’s really whatever your wife decides to do.