Twilight Saga Has Biggest Five-Day Opening So Far This Year in Italy

The buzz for the film started building in Italy with a high-profile premiere at the Rome Film Festival.

ROME – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, took in €10.4 million ($13.2 million) over its first five days, according to information released Tuesday, the highest five-day opening in Italy this year.

The ticket sales over the five days between the film’s Wednesday opening and Sunday were far and away tops at the Italian box office, easily outpacing animated horror film Hotel Transylvania, which earned €1.7 million ($2.2 million), less than a sixth of the take of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

The receipts, which are also a box office record for the five-film Twilight series, no doubt got a bump from the high-profile international premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 last Tuesday at the International Rome Film Festival. The festival premiere took place a day after the film rolled out in Los Angeles, but before it screened anywhere else.

The Italian box office has been suffering so far this year, dropping compared to previous year ticket sales for the third straight year. In October, the doldrums reached their peak, with ticket sales for the month a stunning 41 percent lower than in October 2011.

But November will no doubt record a much-needed rebound, on the back of both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Skyfall, the latest film in the James Bond franchise, which opened strongly Oct. 31 and which was still fourth over the five days ending on Sunday, taking in €1 million ($1.3 million), pushing its total take over three weeks to €11.4 million ($14.5 million).