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'Breaking Dawn' sets opening day record at Mahoning Cinema

Published November 21. 2011 05:03PM

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" set an opening day record at Mahoning Valley Cinema.

Bruce Copio, theater manager, said the movie opened at Midnight on Thursday and was shown on seven screens.

Five of those screens were sold-out, he said.

"We had an all-time record in attendance," said Lou Silverman, theater owner.

He noted, "It was quite an experience for Bruce Copio. He used seven auditoriums."

Silverman said the movie easily passed the previous attendance record set by "Harry Potter."

Presently the film is being shown on two screens at Mahoning Cinemas.

I also opened at midnight last Thursday at the Angela Theater in Coaldale, showing on two screens.

Nationally, "The Twilight Saga" has staked out a huge opening with a $139.5 million first weekend domestically and a worldwide launch of $283.5 million.

The domestic total gives "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" the second-best debut weekend for the franchise, after the $142.8 million launch for 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

"Breaking Dawn" did more than half of its business, $72 million, on opening day Friday, while the movie's debut weekend was the fifth-best on record.

The Warner Bros. dancing penguin sequel "Happy Feet 2" stumbled in its debut, pulling in just $22 million over opening weekend. That's barely half what the first film in the animated franchise earned in its 2006 opening.

In an industry whose main audience is young males, "Twilight" is a rare blockbuster franchise driven by female viewers. Distributor Summit Entertainment reported that women and girls made up 80 percent of the audience for "Breaking Dawn."

The popularity of "Twilight" has left many men scratching their heads, even those involved in releasing the movies.

"I'm 53 years old, and I haven't figured it out yet," said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Summit. "It relates really to young girls and things that are important to them, their romantic ideas of love and relationships, without getting so physical, at least on screen, that it becomes a worry for their parents."

"Breaking Dawn" has brooding teen Bella (Kristen Stewart) marrying vampire lover Edward (Robert Pattinson), whose family strikes an uneasy alliance with jealous werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to protect the bride and the baby she's carrying.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," $139.5 million ($144 million international)

2. "Happy Feet 2," $22 million ($2.6 million international).

3. "Immortals," $12.3 million ($11.9 million international).

4. "Jack and Jill," $12 million ($1.6 million international).

5. "Puss in Boots," $10.7 million ($2.4 million international).

6. "Tower Heist," $7 million ($4.5 million international).

7. "J. Edgar," $5.9 million.

8. "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," $2.9 million.

9. "In Time," $1.7 million ($4.2 million international).

10. "The Descendants," $1.2 million.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article).

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