November 17, 2011

THE BIJOU: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Boxoffice Part 1 – 11/16/11

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Welcome to the weekend of THE TWILIGHT SAGA:  BREAKING DAWN PART I, where every ticket sold will be the subject of excited speculation about just how big an opening the sure-to-be-blockbuster will have.

We begin overseas, where BD1 opened yesterday in 5 territories, before a much larger international push tomorrow. The total for the day was $8.9M. This included the 3rd biggest debut of the year in France behind Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin and the final Harry Potter. The film is reportedly running behind the first day of Eclipse, the last entry in the franchise, but that’s not apples to apples, as Eclipse opened in June rather than November.  In other words, the truth is it’s too soon for the numbers to really mean anything.

Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY all weekend for updated boxoffice and analysis… 

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."