Sunday, December 2, 2012

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Hangs on to #1 at the Box Office


This story first appear in The Hollywood Journal.Be sure to RSVP for the launch of the magazineand US Marines Toys For Tots at the SunsetGower Studios, Sat., Dec. 8th, 8:00 pm. (more)

Lots of twists and turns on and off the big screen for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 

The Twilighters couldn’t believe the saga of their favorite stars and series of blockbuster films would come to an end. And if the turnout of some 2,000 fans at the LA premiere is a gage, you would never know The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Park 2  means “The End”. The extravaganza was jammed packed with reporters on one side of the red carpet, and fans on the other side getting pictures and autographs from like Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor LautnerPeter Facinelli. The premiere and movie were the final appearances of Edward, Bella and Jacob.
Taylor LautnerAccording to the box office receipts, "Twilight" film series finale raked in the sixth-largest opening day ever on Friday, biting down on what Lionsgate/Summer estimated at $71 plus million in domestic box-office receipts. The movie continues to lead the worldwide box office through the holidays. 
Ashley Greene signs autographs for fans.
As of Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, worldwide Summit Entertainment’s Twilight Saga totals $620,092,504 worldwide thanks to some nearly $350 million overseas during the week after Thanksgiving. In America it amounts to $254,592,504.This could be the first time in the history of the studio that Summit’s parent company, Lionsgate taps the $1 billion notch internationally.
 The Studio’s earnings reported have passed the $2 billion mark, another first with more than $1 billion for both markets. LA Times attributes the box office success “to a weak Brad Pitt movie”:

A big surprise this year was the fact the studios experimented for the first time with 10 p.m. showings for Part 2 movie, which did not happen for Part 1. The late Thursday night showings drew long lines around the country for the 10 pm and midnight opening, which earned $30.4 million. 

Kristen Stewart poses for fan photos on the red carpet.
Another eye opener: Robert Pattinson, who was expected to be breaking up with Kristen Stewart after the cheating scandal is “Breaking Dawn” with her instead and reunited.

Both are reportedly expecting their first child together only a few months after they were ripped apart by a cheating scandal. The incident involved Stewart and Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, who’s married with children. Ok! Magazine plastered headlines, “We having a Baby” and after reconciliation two months ago.  And at the premiere in England, Pattinson shot down rumors that he was going to marry his girlfriend of three years.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 breaks new ground in Social Media, too.

ormally when such blockbuster movies as Liongate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Park 2 premieres, the movie stars eyes are all on the flashing cameras and TV crews in the press box on the red carpet. 
Robert Pattinson poses for fan photos.
But on this big opening night (Nov. 12, 2012), at the Nokia Center L.A. Live Theater in downtown Los Angeles, stars like Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor LautnerPeter Facinelli and other celebs spent more time signing autographs and allowing fans to take their pictures more than the media.

The stars know too well they wouldn’t be where they are today without the fans. Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ - has become a game changer on the red carpet. Sites globally expose stars to a new fan base, so by the time the finale premiered later in the week in London and Europe, the fans already knew what to expect.

Bill Condon
Summit and Lionsgate didn’t know what to expect, but one thing is for sure, Christmas came early.

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