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Twilight finishes strong at the box office

Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Foy and Robert Pattinson in Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Breaking Dawn Part 2, the fifth and final installment of teen-vampire power franchise The Twilight Saga, topped the US and foreign charts this weekend with $141.3 million domestically and $199.6 million internationally. This marks a record foreign opening weekend for any film so far this year, as well as an overseas personal best for the franchise. However, Breaking Dawn 2 failed to draw a record crowd at home, losing out to Twilight’s second feature, New Moon, which earned $142.8 million in its US opening weekend.

Despite that, the popular romance-fantasy series still managed to break a  record for franchise films, becoming the first ever to have three movies earn over $130 million in their first three days. Breaking Dawn Part 2 also ranks as the eighth largest opening ever in the US and the fourth this year. Overall, the series experienced remarkably little, if any, audience fatigue over its five-film run and ended on a strong note.

Bond film Skyfall slipped to number two on the domestic and international charts, bringing in $41.5 million for the weekend in the US and $49.6 million abroad. Though it was a sharp decline from last weekend  for the brand-reviving film, Skyfall still managed to break the record for highest grossing Bond film of all time with a global total gross of $669.2 million so far, surpassing Casino Royale’s $599.2 million.

Steven Spielberg-helmed Lincoln, a historical drama about the beloved 16th president portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis, expanded to 1,775 cinemas and came in at number three in the US with $21 million, marking a better-than-expected performance and the best ever for a presidential drama. The film is scheduled for a late January release in the UK.

Family film Wreck-It Ralph slipped to fourth place on the US charts in its third week, still raking in a healthy $18.3 million and bringing the US gross to $121.4 million. On the international charts it slipped out of the top six with $4.8 million.

The well-reviewed Denzel Washington addiction drama Flight snagged fifth spot in the US with $8.6 million in its third week, marking a decline in its  profits even as it expanded to more cinemas. The film premiered at number five in Russia, but has yet to be released in enough foreign markets to evaluate its overseas performance. The UK opening is scheduled for February.

Iran Hostage Crisis thriller Argo from director Ben Affleck ranked sixth at home in its sixth week with $4 million, and maintained a steady grip on the foreign charts, coming in at number three with $8.7 million. Fourth on the international charts was Halloween-themed kids’ film Hotel Transylvania with $7.8 million, while at home its weekend haul fell to $900,000.

Rounding out the international charts were two films that have not seen US releases,  Japanese anime film Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, grossing $7.5 million, and South Korean teen fantasy film A Werewolf Boy, which took in $6.8 million for the weekend, bringing its total earnings to $30.2 million.

Overall, there was healthy attendance in the US with the top twelve films grossing $237 million collectively, making it the sixth highest grossing weekend ever. This week will see the long-awaited release of the epic book adaptation Life of Pi and holiday film Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday.

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