‘Breaking Dawn’ Box Office Battle: ‘Twilight’ Stars Fight for Love Outside of the Franchise
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Photo: Summit Entertainment
On paper, Pattinson's films—thanks to the two Harry Potter pics he starred in (Order of the Phoenix and Goblet of Fire)—have grossed the most at the worldwide box office, roughly $3.8 billion.
Stewart and Lautner's worldwide grosses hover at around $2.2 billion each. As with Pattinson, $1.8 billion of that comes from Summit Entertainment's first three Twilight pics. The fourth, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part One, opens Nov. 18.
"In career terms Twilight was like a security blanket," British-born Pattinson told the U.K.'s The Observer, before correcting the statement. "Not a blanket — a safety net. I had a three- or four-month window between each one during which I could do another job. But whatever I did I knew that I'd have another Twilight movie on the way, which is theoretically guaranteed to make a lot of money. So I could always afford to fail."
This year, Pattinson and Lautner tried to break out of their Twilight personas at the box office, but the results were only so-so, prompting plenty of conversation about their abilities as leading men.
Only a year ago, Hollywood studios were hunting down the two actors, assuming that the hordes of young female fans would follow them regardless. Now, that theory is being questioned.
Water for Elephants, the 20th Century Fox film that paired Pattinson opposite Reese Witherspoon, did underwhelming business at the domestic box office, where it grossed $58.7 million. It has earned another $58.3 million overseas for a global total of $117.1 million.
More recently, Lautner's action film Abduction—his first solo outing--generated negative headlines when debuting to a meek $11.2 million in North America, well less than expected. One problem could have been that his ardent female fan base may not be so interested in action.
Abduction, from Lionsgate, has topped out at $27.4 million domestically. The bright note—it is doing far better overseas, where it has just crossed the $50 million mark, bringing the movie's worldwide total to north of $78 million.
Like Abduction, Pattinson's 2010 romantic indie drama Remember Me also found more love overseas, while disappointing in the U.S., where it earned $19.1 million, compared to $37 million internationally (the movie cost $16 million to produce, so wasn't a loss).
Stewart's next big box office test outside of Twilight will be Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens June 1, 2012. An edgy rendition of the classic fairy tale, the movie pairs the actress with Thor lead Chris Hemsworth.
Stewart has been in many movies than both Pattinson and Lautner, having been a child star who first appeared on the bigscreen in the 2002 box office hit Panic Room. That film, in which Stewart played the daughter of Jodie Foster's character, earned nearly $200 million worldwide.