Magazine article Screen International

Twilight Breaks New Ground in UK after $22M ([Pounds]13.9m) Launch

Magazine article Screen International

Twilight Breaks New Ground in UK after $22M ([Pounds]13.9m) Launch

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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn posts franchise best $22m (£13.9m) opening in UK from only three days.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 posted the second-best opening of the year in the UK, taking $22m (£13.9m) from 543 screens at an excellent screen average of $40,452 (£25,619).

The film has become the biggest 2D opening of 2011 beating the previous record set by The Inbetweeners Movie which took $20.7m (£13.2m) over five days. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two sits comfortably in first position on $37.2m (£23.8m).

The fourth in the series posted the biggest non-3D opening Friday figure of all time of $9.9m (£6.4m), moving beyond Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which grossed $9.2m (£5.9m).

The opening is the 15th best ever in the UK.

The three-day take narrowly surpassed 2010 Eclipse which made $21.6m (£13.8m) from 523 screens. New Moon grossed $18.3m (£11.7m) from 497 screens in 2009 while first in the franchise Twilight took $3.9m (£2.5m) from 446 in 2008. Breaking Dawn took another £1.2m on Monday.

Commenting on the film's tremendous performance, Alex Hamilton, director of film, Entertainment One said: "We have the highest three day opening ever for an American film in the UK. …

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