The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

Twilight tops US box office, as Bollywood sneaks in


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The final chapter of the blockbuster Twilight vampire franchise took the biggest bite out of North America's weekend box office - while a Bollywood film made a rare showing in the top 10.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, the fifth and final installment of the wildly popular series based on novels by Stephenie Meyer, took US$141.1 million (S$173 million), according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

But almost more eye-catching was Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Till My Last Breath), a three-hour extravaganza which was the last film made by legendary Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra, the "king of romance", before he died last month.

The movie entered the top 10 at number 8, taking US$1.3 million at the box office, a rare appearance for a Bollywood film in box office rankings usually dominated by Hollywood productions.