Breaking Dawn Part 1 Pulls in $72 million on Friday: Number Three on All Time Record List

Breaking Dawn is raking right up there with previous films’ box office results. According to THR:

Bringing the domestic box office to life, Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 grossed $72 million on Friday for a projected weekend opening in the $140 million range. Bowing day and date in 54 territories, the film has grossed another $66 million internationally.

The Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner starrer is performing just slightly behind The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opened on the same weekend two years ago to $142.8 million after grossing $72.7 million on Friday.

Breaking Dawn scored the third biggest opening day ever after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91.1 million) and New Moon.

Opening Day Top Grossing Movies of All Time Chart Via Box Office Mojo

Keep in mind the Friday number is solid, but the weekend is a projection. Those numbers won’t be solid until Monday afternoon. Regardless, Breaking Dawn is selling ahead of Eclipse and just slightly behind New Moon (the record holder until it was overtaken by the final Potter installment). Franchises typically open big and the follow up films don’t do as well. Breaking Dawn is one of the few films to break this trend.


  1. hey haters!!! kiss my twilight lovin ass!!!
    a local DJ said there was an HOUR wait for tickets at the theater in my town!!

  2. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, haters. 🙂 I went to an 11 AM matinee yesterday and the line was a block long.

    Even now some news headlines are trying to make it look like a failure: “falls short of Harry Potter”. They’re just discrediting themselves with their obvious bias. As for the Harry Potter comparisons: BD 1 & 2 don’t have Deadly Hallows’ higher 3D ticket prices.

    The haters have been giving BD 1 a rating of 1 on IMDB without even having seen it, driving down the average to a ridiculous 4.0. Pathetic.

    • I’m so confused, my theatre was empt of twilight fans. My sister and I bought tickets to a 4:40 showing on Friday, came two hours early, and were the only fans there. They let us walk in on 3:30 showing that was practically empty also.

    • From what I understand after reading some posts over at IMDb, many people who saw Deathly Hallows Part 2 saw in it 2D and not 3D, so I don’t see why Twilight fans like yourself say that DH2 had those inflated 3D prices when many of those I’ve talked to saw it in 2D. And I, for one, saw DH in 2D. Part one of the final Harry Potter movie was only ever released in 2D.

      And besides, it’s been a year since DH 1 was released, and about 4 months since DH2 was released and the numbers that are being reported for those movies don’t include inflation.

      And when I saw the movie, I was less than impressed with what I saw and if I were to rate the movie, it would be on the lower end.

  3. i have yet to see one fan say it is awful. and i frankly do not give a damn what critics think!!!

  4. i love the harry potter but im a huge twilight fan they need to under stand harry potter made more cause 3-D tickets cost more

    • Joshua L. Roberts says:

      While 3D ticket sales do indeed cost more, many people, like myself, didn’t go see it in 3D. HP made tons of money because it is literally the end of one of the greatest and most critically aclaimed series in the world. In short, people went to see it, not only because it is really good, but because it is the last.

  5. CullenCoven says:

    (WARNING: SPOILERS…ISH) Just saw it this morning. I was crying most of the time. It was the best movie ever. The birth and imprinting scene were amazing. Taylor did an amazing job and kristen is an amazing dead person. And i loved the crazy Volturi at the end. “Carlisle. With an essssssssssweet Bianca.” Michael Sheen is a great Aro. And the lines were almost spot on! If you didn’t know better, you’d think someone else wrote the screenplay.

  6. Jen A Pierce says:

    I was fargin awesome…. did have some issue with the wolves chasing esme carlisle and emmet though…. birth scene could have shown more, but the audio of the screeching when edward bit made a great addition…. I knew the ending scene would be that way…. still, awesome!

  7. alwaysedward says:

    just saw it a second time…….. better the second time around, wow

  8. Breaking Dawn, pt 1, reminded me of the love story of Edward and Bella, and the reasons I fell in love with Stephanie Meyer’s novels in the first place. It also brought back (and even created new) emotions and feelings I felt when I watched the first ‘twilight’ film, and why I (and MILLIONS of others) fell in love with it.

  9. Thank you all involved for telling the story with the fans in mind. I loved it! They did a great job creating drama for those people that had not read the books and I liked the way certain parts were depicted. Thank you Stephenie Meyer once again for a beautiful story. Thank you Summit for taking a risk and bringing it to life and thank you cast for honoring the characters and working hard to please those of us that love it all so much!

  10. Just watched Breaking Dawn part 1.

    My face when it ended and I realized I have to wait another year to see the rest: 🙁

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