The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

Final Twilight dawns with $37.2m from late-night shows


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Bella and Edward's big-screen farewell lit up box offices with $30.4 million (S$37.2 million) in late-night ticket sales for the finale of the blockbuster Twilight vampire series, production studio Summit Entertainment said on Friday.

The United States (US) and Canadian box office receipts for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 beat initial sales for each of the previous four films in the franchise, though the final installment got a boost from late Thursday night previews.

Last year's Breaking Dawn, Part 1 kicked off with US$30.3 million from shows just after midnight on the Friday that it debuted, according to figures from Summit, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment, did not provide Friday-only numbers for Breaking Dawn, Part 2. The record for opening-night sales belongs to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, the finale in the boy-wizard series that grabbed US$43.5 million when it debuted in July 2011.

Box office watchers say the Twilight finale has a shot at setting the franchise record for opening weekend sales when receipts through Sunday are tallied. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, released in November 2009, now ranks as the biggest opening in the series, with US$142.8 million in sales over the first three days after its release in November 2009.