‘Breaking Dawn 2′ Foreign’s $199.6M Sets Twilight Saga Overseas Opening Record
‘Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Opens To Behemoth $340.9M Global Weekend ($141.3M Dom + $199.6M Intl): Twilight Saga Record Abroad; Holdover ‘Skyfall’ #2 & ‘Lincoln’ #3 Strong
SUNDAY UPDATE: As expected, Breaking Dawn Part 2 dominated the foreign marketplace, setting franchise records across the world and tracking roughly 38% higher than the previous installment in gross international box office. In all, it opened to a $199.6M weekend internationally from 61 territories on 12,812 screens for a worldwide cume of $340.9M. Its Top 10 markets were UK $24.4M, CIS $20.3M, Brazil $19M, France $16.4M, Australia $12.7M, Italy $12.4M, Spain $11.8M, Mexico $11.8M, South Korea $7.1M, Philippines $4.4M, and Sweden $3.9M. As for IMAX overall internationally, the film grossed $3M from 82 locations.
Once again, the UK was the top territory for the Twilight Saga pic’s opening. It was the top grossing 3-day weekend film of all time in Spain. In Latin America, its $43M was 57% above the opening of Part 1. France came in with a huge 2M admissions on opening weekend for the year’s best. Sweden’s opening was the biggest of 2012.
FRIDAY UPDATE: Summit Entertainment just announced that, from the 37 International territories that opened as of Thursday, the overseas cumulative gross for Breaking Dawn Part 2 is a very impressive $38.8 million (not including the U.S. and Canada). Today, 24 additional territories are opening, which brings the total to 61 territories opened along with the U.S. and Canada. Nearly every market has opened at or well above the last installment in the Twilight Saga franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Stats by some territories:
BRAZIL - Posted an opening day of $5.4M, which is the largest opening day figure for any Twilight Saga film so far.
AUSTRALIA - Opened on Thursday to a very strong $3.7M.
RUSSIA - Opening day comes in at $4.4M which is 42% higher than Breaking Dawn Part 1 . This is a record for the top non-holiday opening day of all-time.
FRANCE – After two days in release, gross is $6.1M, which is about $1M ahead of Part 1 at the same point.
ITALY - Posted a two day total of $4.2M which is up 19% from Part 1 at the same point.
MEXICO - Debuted with an opening day of $2.4M, or 41% higher than Part 1 at the same point
BENELUX - Has accumulated $1.9M after 2 days, which is 44% higher than Part 1 at the same point.
THURSDAY UPDATE: The Twilight Saga’s epic love story between Bella and Edward continues its final romantic journey at the worldwide box office as Summit Entertainment released Breaking Dawn Part 2 internationally this week before opening in North America Friday midnight. The overseas rollout started in France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland (French and Italian speaking areas), and Sweden. Pic has already grossed an estimated $13.8 million from Wednesday, the first day of release. It set single day opening records for 2012 in Italy and France with other territory estimates still reporting. But all the territories set the best single day opening for the franchise. It’s certain that Breaking Dawn Part 2 will surge past Part 1‘s $428.6M international total and exceed $709.9M worldwide. By individual country:
FRANCE – The official preview numbers came in from France as Breaking Dawn Part 2 opened earlier this week. First night attendance was 219,000 which translates to €1.4M ($1.8M). This result is 45% higher than Breaking Dawn Part 1’s 150,000 preview admissions. The BD1/BD2 marathon alone brought in 25,000 admissions.