“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2,” the movie from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF:US), collected about $30.4 million in early shows at U.S. and Canadian theaters, the third-highest amount for such screenings.
Early results for the film, which showed late yesterday and at midnight, were released today by Lions Gate’s Vancouver-based Summit Entertainment studio in an e-mailed statement. The film is the fifth and final in a series about teen vampires and werewolves.
The early sales are the best for any of the “Twilight” films, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office. The first four films in the series, based on the young-adult books by Stephenie Meyer, generated $2.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales. “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” is forecast to take in $145 million in domestic sales this weekend, the estimate of researcher Boxoffice.com.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” Time Warner Inc. (TWX:US)’s final entry in the series about the boy wizard, ranks first in overnight screenings with $43.5 million, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office. “The Dark Knight Rises,” also a Time Warner release, pulled in $30.6 million in early viewings.
Lions Gate, based in Vancouver and run from Santa Monica, California, gained less than 1 percent to $15.55 at the close in New York. The shares have gained 87 percent this year.
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