Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/19/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Finale of 'Twilight' franchise takes in $141.3 million over the weekend

The sun may have set on the "paranormal teenage romance fantasy" series, Twilight," with the release of the final film - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." But the teenage werewolf versus teenage vampire story certainly went out with a bang, with a whopping $141.3 million box office take domestically over the weekend. Added to devotees of the series overseas, the final film grossed $340.9 million worldwide.

The final installment of the 'Twilight' series brought a surprisingly strong male crowd. The franchise, with its hunky vampires and werewolves is largely seen as being enjoyed mostly by females.

The final installment of the "Twilight" series brought a surprisingly strong male crowd. The franchise, with its hunky vampires and werewolves is largely seen as being enjoyed mostly by females.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

11/19/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: The Twilight saga -- Breaking Dawn Part 2, franchise, vampires, box office, hunky male stars, female audience

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, and leaves "Twilight" with three of the top-10 openings., "New Moon" in 2009 came in seventh place with $142.8 million and last year's "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is at number nine with $138.1 million.

Last May's "The Avengers" remains in first place with $207.4 million. Another franchise, dealing with bats tangentially -- "Batman" is the only other franchise with more than one top-10 opening, as witness last July's "The Dark Knight Rises" at number three with $160.9 million and 2008's "The Dark Knight" at number four with $158.4 million.

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" held a significant surprise. The "Twilight" series supposedly appeals mostly to women and girls, taken in with its stories of hunky vampires and werewolves and non-explicit violence. The latest installment drew the biggest male crowds in the series.

Action-minded guys had more to root for in the finale as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner join in a battle to end the story of warring vampires and werewolves.

"Our male audience particularly has enjoyed this film," Richie Fay, head of distribution for Lionsgate says. "With the action scenes in this one, we're hoping the holdover business will reflect the fact that males have kind of found it out."

Lionsgate, known chiefly for low-budget genre releases has since been lifted into the big leagues among Hollywood studios. Coupled with its $400 million smash with "The Hunger Games" and now the "Twilight" finale, Lionsgate surpassed $1 billion at the domestic box office for the first time.

The "Twilight" finale took over the No. 1 spot from Sony's James Bond adventure "Skyfall," which has since gone to second-place with $41.5 million domestically in its second weekend. "Skyfall" raised its domestic total to $161.3 million.

"Skyfall" passed the previous franchise high of $599.2 million worldwide for 2006's "Casino Royale."

The darker and far more cerebral "Lincoln," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis' came in at No. 3 with $21 million. Distributed by Disney, "Lincoln" lifted its domestic haul to $22.4 million.

The Top Ten at the nation's box offices this past weekend went like this:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," $141.3 million ($199.6 million international).

2. "Skyfall," $41.5 million ($49.6 million international).

3. "Lincoln," $21 million.

4. "Wreck-It Ralph," $18.3 million ($4.8 million international).

5. "Flight," $8.6 million ($1 million international).

6. "Argo," $4.1 million ($8.7 million international).

7. "Taken 2," $2.1 million ($2 million international).

8. "Pitch Perfect," $1.3 million ($4.1 million international).

9. "Here Comes the Boom," $1.2 million ($2.5 million international).

10 (tie). "Cloud Atlas," $900,000 ($5 million international).

10 (tie). "Hotel Transylvania," $900,000 ($7.8 million international).

10 (tie). "The Sessions," $900,000.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Movies

Concluding chapter in 'Hunger Games' series - 'Mockingjay - Part 2' roaring into theaters Watch

Image of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, turns her efforts into overthrowing the oppressive government in

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The concluding chapter in the "Hunger Games" sci-fi film series, "Mockingjay - Part 2" roars into theaters on November 30. Widely and wildly popular, the dystopian fantasy series is based upon a series of books by Suzanne Collins. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Serbian film 'Enclave' peeks into the lives of persecuted Christians living in Kosovo under Muslim rule Watch

Image of


Serbian filmmaker, Goran Radovanovic, provides a look into Christianity in Muslim-majority Kosovo through the film Enclave, which he wrote and directed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Radovanovic wrote and directed Enclave to tell the world about the suffering the ... continue reading

James Bond star Daniel Craig says he's into it for the money Watch

Image of Actor Daniel Craig says that while a dream role for many, the part of James Bond is an awful lot of hard work.


In a candid interview shocking in its forthrightness, actor Daniel Craig, who just finished playing the iconic superspy James Bond in "Spectre," was asked if he was going to play Bond immediately afterwards. "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for ... continue reading

Director Steven Spielberg returns with Cold War drama 'Bridge of Spies' Watch

Image of Tom Hanks plays lawyer James B. Donovan into another of his patented Everyman characters. Hanks is careful not to come off as too virtuous by infusing scenes with dry humor.

By Greg Goodsell (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Director Steven Spielberg returns to the screen with "Bridge of Spies," an incisive look into Cold War-era America. His first feature film since "Lincoln," Spielberg focuses on the real-life trade off a Soviet Spy in exchange for an American service man downed ... continue reading

Masses of moviegoers move to see 'The Martian,' making it number one at box office Watch

Image of

By Greg Goodsell (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"The Martian," a space opera about astronaut Matt Damon being stranded on the Red Planet, is doing astronomical business at the nation's box offices. In the manner of "Gravity" in 2013, an outer space suspense yarn that took moviegoers by storm, many analysts ... continue reading

Braveheart screenwriter contributes success to God Watch

Image of Randall Wallace.


Randall Wallace, known for his films Braveheart, Heaven is For Real, Pearl Harbor and The Man in the Iron Mask, said he was unsuccessful in life until he asked God to help him.After he asked God for guidance, Wallace went from jobless to becoming one of Hollywood's ... continue reading

Horrific notorious abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, featured in documentary Watch

Image of Kermit Gosnell.


A new documentary has been created centered around abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, titled 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy. The trailer is set to be released Monday night. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The feature-length documentary has been in production ... continue reading

Filmmaker attempts to raise awareness of Christian persecution in the Middle East Watch

Image of 'Return to the Hiding Place' brings awareness of Christian persecution in the Middle East.


Film writer and director Peter Spencer has announced his attempt to raise awareness about the critical situation of Christians being persecuted in the Middle East through his film Return to the Hiding Place. It is about a group of people who fight to save the lives of ... continue reading

Faith-based film 'War Room' out grosses secular films such as 'No Escape' and 'We Are Your friends' Watch

Image of It pays to be frugal when producing films, as

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A quiet domestic drama about a family who turns to prayer -- "War Room" opened at theaters nationwide this past weekend. "War Room" spoke to an unspoken need among moviegoers, as its box office receipts far overtook the debuting action drama "No Escape" and the ... continue reading

Horror film director Wes Craven, of 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series dies at 76 Watch

Image of A kindly man with a sly smile perpetually planted on his scholarly face, horror film director Wes Craven knew what he was doing.

By Greg Goodsell (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As a director of horror films, Wes Craven definitely had his vicissitudes. He had some disappointments, and not all of his films spun gold at the box office. He would remain world-famous had he only directed three of his films, "Last House on the Left" in 1972, ... continue reading

All Movies News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2
13 Priests, put on sackcloth and lament! You ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 9:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9
6 the enemy is wiped out -- mere ruins for ever -- ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 11:15-26
15 But some of them said, 'It is through Beelzebul, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 9th, 2015 Image

Sts. Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius
October 9: The first mention we have of these three martyrs who died around ... Read More