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'Breaking Dawn 2' Is Living up to the Hype at the Box Office

by Julie Ryan Evans on November 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Breaking Dawn 2Talk about Twi-hard power. The much-hyped movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 is bringing it home at the box office this weekend with record-breaking earnings.

Studio execs are estimating that earnings between Thursday, when it debuted, and this weekend will ring in around $141.3 million in the United States, and a total of $340.9 million if theatres around the world are included. Ka-ching! That's just below what New Moon brought in during its opening weekend in 2009 ($142.8 million) but more than Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million).

To put it in perspective with other movies in history, according to E!, if this estimate is accurate, Breaking Dawn 2 will be the eighth largest opening weekend on record. Not too shabby. As for this year, however, it comes in behind three other movies with even bigger opening weekends. Any guesses as to what they were?

The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hunger Games. It's interesting that of the 10 all-time opening weekends, four of them may be from 2012. It hasn't felt like a great year for movies to me as a whole, but there sure have been some big ones.

As for Breaking Dawn 2, there seems to be no signs that enthusiasm for the movie is dying down. Despite mixed reviews, people are turning out in droves to see it. Probably because those committed to the series couldn't care less what anyone else thinks, but want to need to see it for themselves ... at least once.

Personally, I haven't seen it ... yet. I read the first Twilight book, and never got around to the rest since then. But now that all is said and done, I'm intrigued and want to see how it all ends.  Plus, I hate feeling left out. So armed with Breaking Dawn Part 2 Cheat Sheet, I'm going to add my $10 to the earnings and see this surprise ending that has everyone raving.

Have you seen Breaking Dawn 2 yet? Was it worth the hype? Has anyone seen it that didn't see the rest of the movies -- and if so, did it make sense?


Image via Breaking Dawn

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  • coffe...


    November 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    TOTALLY worth the hype aand more!!!


  • SKDMo...


    November 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM
    Loved it! The best of the series. The ending delivers!!!
  • jmama...


    November 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I saw it and it's totally the hype. Then again I'm obsessed with Twilight. 

  • momto...


    November 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I've seen it twice.  Had to go with the girlfriends, and hubby actually wanted to see it, too.  The surprise ending is PERFECT.  Gotta go when there's a crowd- the audience reactions are the best part!

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    Kahne Kuanoni Witham

    November 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM
    Loved it! Great way to end the saga & Bella actually looked beautiful this time!
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    Marissa TheDoctor Crane

    November 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Beyond has been a long time since I have heard a collective gasp in a theater :)

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    Krystle Robertson

    November 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM
    Next, tv series please! dont let twilight die out, keep it alive!
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    Samantha Vincent

    November 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    Omg! I about died! It was sooo good! Might have to see it a few more times lol. I was gasping a lot. I should have re read the ending of the book but kinda glad I didn't cuz I was really surprised! Awesome movie! Kinda wish they would have showed a lil more but oh well I guess. Sad it's over! Can't wait for the dvd!!!!
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    Veray Carter

    November 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    Absolutely loved it! It was great to hear the audience gasp and squeal at the surprising parts. My friend hadn't seen the other movies or read the books and she loved it too. I will be going again during Thanksgiving break. :)
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    Jessica Bailey

    November 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    I loved the ending again like the other comments lots of gasps lol "LOVED IT AND THE BOOK" and all the Twilight movies and books :)
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