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Bella Opens Big, Bond The Biggest Yet

By Garth Franklin Monday November 19th 2012 05:54AM

The opening of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" has helped Summit Entertainment’s parent company Lionsgate cross the $1 billion mark in box-office for this calendar year, the first time the company has done so. It also means the mini-major is likely going to finish the year ahead of its bigger rivals 20th Century Fox and Paramount.

The second 'Dawn' opened to $141.3 million domestically and just a smidgeon under $200 million internationally in its first weekend of release.

Domestically that is the second highest opener of the franchise, behind only "New Moon" at $142.8M and ahead of the first 'Dawn' at $138.1M. It's also the eighth highest opening weekend in history and fourth highest for the year.

Internationally it jumped to a gross $50 million higher than the first 'Dawn', making its $341 million global opening weekend the eighth highest of all time and just shy of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" with $344M.

Also soaring at the box-office is the latest Bond film "Skyfall". The new Bond pulled in $41.5 million in its second weekend domestically, its 53% drop notably better than the 60% drop suffered by the previous entry "Quantum of Solace".

Domestically it's expected to pass the $168.4M gross of 'Quantum' by mid-week this week and is looking well on its way to close out the North American box-office somewhere around $250 million.

Internationally though is where Bond is really kicking ass. Outside the U.S. it has now pulled in $507.9 million which adds up to a worldwide gross of $669 million so far - the biggest earning Bond film of all time. Previous record holder, "Casino Royale", closed out with a $599 million worldwide gross.

Skyfall's contribution has lead to Sony Pictures reaching a whopping $4 billion in revenue worldwide for 2012, a new record for the studio.

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