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Twilight, 007 may set record Thanksgiving sales

Published on Nov 23, 2012 6:33 AM
A still from the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 -- PHOTO: SHAW

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The teen vampire movie Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continued to lure huge audiences, siphoning off US$12.8 million (S$15.7 million) in Wednesday night showings in what could fuel a record box office haul for the five-day Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The final film in the Twilight series, collected US$141.3 million last weekend for the industry's eighth largest opening weekend. On Wednesday it combined with the Daniel Craig James Bond film Skyfall to lead a slate of films that generated US$44.3 million in total United States (US) and Canadian ticket sales for the day, according to unofficial data from Hollywood.com's box office division.

That's 20 per cent ahead of last year's take for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and, if the pace holds, would put Hollywood on a path to a US$278 million holiday weekend, according to Hollywood.com estimates. The 2009 holiday weekend record of US$273 million included The Twilight Saga: New Moon and the football flick, The Blind Side.

Hollywood traditionally opens its largest Thanksgiving weekend films on Wednesday, when schools are closed before the Thursday holiday.

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