Final Twilight film heats up the box office with $341m opening

City A.M. Reporter
THE Twilight vampire saga’s final chapter debuted with a massive $341m (£214.6m) in global movie ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 earned an estimated $141m in the US and Canada over the weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

The total, which includes sales from late night Thursday through to yesterday, ranked as the eight biggest domestic film debut of all time. Late-night Thursday screenings comprised $30.4m of the $141m total.

Fan fever for the fifth Twilight movie raged high around the world. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 rang up sales of $199.6m from Thursday to Sunday at theatres in 61 countries for a worldwide total of $341m, distributor Summit Entertainment said yesterday.