When The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 hit theaters Nov. 16, the film saw the biggest opening weekend of the entire Twilight saga. Hollywood.com's Paul Dergarabedian talked to Bloomberg about how the success of the final Twilight chapter — especially its midnight screenings numbers — have paved the way for other films like The Hunger Games to do extremely well. Dergarabedian notes, however, that while midnight screenings numbers are a good indicator of how well a movie will open, it is not the only indicator. Films like The Hunger Games and Avengers opened with $19.7 million and $18.7 million, respectively, at midnight screenings, but closed out the weekend with $152 million and $201.4 million, respectively.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, your family isn't the only thing that's atypical. Hollywood.com's Paul Dergarabedian talked to Bloomberg about the holiday's movie release schedule could lead to huge numbers for studios. This year's Thanksgiving weekend, audiences saw the release of Life of Pi, Rise of the Guardians, Silver Linings Playbook, as well as the second week of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which remained the movie to beat in the box office. Dergarabedian expects that this year will be the biggest box office year ever, thanks to the holiday movie season releases of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and more. In fact, box office cumes could hit $11 billion — a record breaking number.