UPDATE (11/20): ‘Dawn’ has managed to pull in an estimated $139.5 million opening weekend in the United States, second best in the series just behind “New Moon” with $142.5M. Outside the U.S. the film pulled in an additional $144 million.
ORIGINAL (11/18): “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” grossed an estimated $30.3 million from opening night midnight screenings according to Summit Entertainment says E! Online.
While the phenomenal number is the best in the series thus far, it is only $300,000 ahead of the previous instalment ‘Eclipse’ and not near the record of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” which earned $43.5 million at midnight sessions back in July.
High-end estimates however seem to be on track with ‘Dawn’ expected to pull in $140-150 million in U.S. domestic box-office alone over the weekend.
Reviews wise ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ (26% on Rotten Tomatoes/45 on Metacritic) is sitting on par with the second film ‘New Moon’ (28%/44), both of which are below the original ‘Twilight’ (49%/56) and the previous sequel ‘Eclipse’ (49%/58).
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