'Breaking Dawn Part I' Breaks Opening Records in U.K., Spain
LONDON - U.K. and Irish distributor Entertainment One has announced that the fourth and penultimate film in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn - Part I broke records this weekend as it recorded the biggest ever opening for an American film in the U.K. grossing £13.9 million ($21.7 million).
Breaking Dawn Part I also set the record with £6.35 million ($9.93 million) as the biggest non-3D opening Friday figure of all time, eclipsing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which grossed £5.9 million ($9.2 million). Including 3D films, this Friday figure has charted as the 2nd highest ever.
The film has become the biggest 2D opening of 2011 beating the previous record set by The Inbetweeners Movie which took £13.2 million over five days.
Alex Hamilton, director of film, Entertainment One said: “We have the highest three-day opening ever for an American Film in the U.K. I’d like to thank all the fans of Twilight that have given this three-year-old independent distributor a weekend to remember.”
Meanwhile, Breaking Dawn - Part I snagged 62.5 percent of the Spanish box office receipts for its opening weekend, with more than 1.3 million tickets sold, and set a new high for an opening weekend in Spain for 2011.\
Dawn earned €8.7 million ($11.7 million), out-performing previous top ranked Torrente 4, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Part II). It also becomes the saga's best opening, passing New Moon's €8 million opener.
Dawn's opening weekend ranks third overall behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The DaVinci Code.