Twilight is no Harry Potter, according to the box office numbers for the opening weekend of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, presumably and hopefully the last entry in the wretched franchise.
Much has been made about the battle between the Harry Potter franchise – which concluded last year – and the Twilight films, with fan bases on both sides arguing as to which is the better set of movies. Twilight fans, or Twihards as intellectuals prefer to call them, are most comparable to Karl Rove-esque Republicans on election night, opting to ignore the facts in favor of non-facts, otherwise known as lies in some circles.
Critical reception, box office earnings and general quality all favor Harry Potter, and this weekend’s box office numbers serve as mere book notes to what was already long confirmed: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned an estimated $141.3 million, marginally above last year’s $138.1 million opening for Part 1 and far below the $169.2 million opening for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Worldwide, the final Twilight opened to $340.9 million.
Despite the franchise’s inability to grow its audience in its final frame, the numbers are phenomenal. The movie can ride off into the skin-sparkling sunset with head held high, knowing that it helped inform young girls that yes it is okay for them to submit to their husbands and give up everything for teen love, and that mediocrity is something that can still make you rich.
Meanwhile, the James Bond movie Skyfall dropped an expected 53% to $41.5 million, putting it at $161.3 million after just nine days. The previous Bond film Quantum of Solace earned just $169 million in its entire domestic run. The movie has now grossed $507.9 million worldwide.
The critically praised Steven Spielberg drama Lincoln expanded to 1,764 theaters and earned $21.0 million, and it has the rest of the holiday season to add to its box office coffers.
And the holiday season is just kicking into gear…