Final 'Twilight' Release Breaks U.K. Box Office Record

1:55 PM PST 11/19/2012 by Etan Vlessing

Entertainment One said Summit Entertainment's teen tentpole opened number one in Canada and Britain, marking the strongest-ever opening for the Canadian indie film distributor.

TORONTO – Canadian distributor Entertainment One has broken records with the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in Canada and the U.K.

The Canadian distributor said it pulled in US$ 9.3 million on the opening weekend release for the Twilight franchise finale from Summit Entertainment.

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And in the U.K., where eOne also released the teen tentpole as part of an output deal with Summit Entertainment, the Twilight finale generated £15.8 million (US$25.1 million) in ticket receipts at local cinemas, nearly £2 million ($3.1 million) more than the take for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

The British debut marked the highest opening weekend for the Twilight franchise in the U.K., and the fourth highest grossing three-day weekend of all time, behind Harry Potter and newly released Skyfall.

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That also makes The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 the highest three-day opening in history for an American film in the U.K.

Across the U.K., Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is currently playing on 556 screens, and in Canada the film opened on 755 screens at 368 locations countrywide.

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