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Yass Breaking Slay: Final 'Twilight' Film Has Biggest Opening-Day Ticket Sales of Year in Italy

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" brought in $2.7 million on its first night, giving the country a much-needed box office boost.

ROME – Italy’s box office got some much-needed good news after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the most successful opening-day ticket sales of the year in Italy, with more than 327,000 tickets sold nationally for the film’s Wednesday rollout.

The film actually premiered in Italy a day earlier, at the International Rome Film Festival, where it sold out the festival’s largest venue. On Tuesday night -- lasting until Wednesday morning -- the Rome festival also hosted a special Twilight Saga marathon, in which the first four installments of the film screened back-to-back.

It all helped set up a strong box office performance. The film pulled in more than €2.2 million ($2.8 million) after opening on 885 screens nationally. The 327,000 tickets sold on opening night beat the previous high for the year set by The Avengers, which sold 309,000 tickets on its opening night back in April. It wasn't immediately clear if the final Twilight film also beat Avengers in terms of first-day box office revenue.

The film earned more than The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which took in €1.7 million ($2.1 million) last year.

After its international launch at the Rome festival on Tuesday, the film opened in Italy, France, and Belgium on Wednesday, with the rollout in most of the rest of the world -- including the U.S. -- scheduled for Friday.

The strong sales for the film in Italy are a welcome spot of good news for beleaguered Italian exhibitors, which saw ticket sales drop a dramatic 41 percent in October compared to the same month in 2011.


winniechili 15th-Nov-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
And also immature.
punishermax 15th-Nov-2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
How so?
mynamehere07 15th-Nov-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
It borders on biting the hand that feeds when he trashes Twilight, imo. Both he and Kristen do it, where they mock the movies, the books and the fans. Rob comes off as funny and charming about it, but it still kind of rubs me the wrong way.
punishermax 15th-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Alec Guinness did the exact same shit with Star Wars.

In the final volume of the book A Positively Final Appearance (1997), Guinness recounts grudgingly giving an autograph to a young fan who claimed to have watched Star Wars over 100 times, on the condition that the boy promise to stop watching the film, because, as Guinness told him, "this is going to be an ill effect on your life." The fan was stunned at first, but later thanked him (though some sources say it went differently). Guinness is quoted as saying: "'Well,' I said, 'do you think you could promise never to see Star Wars again?' He burst into tears. His mother drew herself up to an immense height. 'What a dreadful thing to say to a child!' she barked, and dragged the poor kid away. Maybe she was right but I just hope the lad, now in his thirties, is not living in a fantasy world of secondhand, childish banalities."[20] Guinness grew so tired of modern audiences apparently knowing him only for his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi that he would throw away the mail he received from Star Wars fans without reading it.[21]
13066301 15th-Nov-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
A lot of actors/musicians do that a lot with some of their previous work, though--they're not very proud of some of those things. But I get what you mean; it irks me a bit, but still is kinda funny.
psubookworm27 15th-Nov-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
IA. It's rude and unprofessional. You weren't too good for it back when you signed on and were a nobody, don't act like you're too good for it now.
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