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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' DVD sales top 'Eclipse,' trail 'New Moon'

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The latest "Twilight" movie sold more DVDs on its opening weekend than the prior installment, but Bella, Edward and Jacob are still well behind their record.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," the fourth picture in the hit teen vampire series, sold an estimated 3.2 million DVD and Blu-ray copies from its Saturday morning debut through Sunday night, according to Lionsgate's recently acquired Summit Entertainment unit, which released the film theatrically in November.

That's about 18% more than the home entertainment bow of the last "Twilight" picture, "Eclipse."

However, it's 20% behind the debut sales of "New Moon," the second "Twilight" movie, which sold 4 million copies it first weekend. The original "Twilight" sold 3.8 million copies on its first weekend.

"Eclipse" was the only "Twilight" movie to launch on DVD in December, as it was also the only one to hit theaters in the summer. The first two debuted on DVD in March of 2009 and 2010, respectively, closer to the February date for the latest installment.

Summit charged a higher wholesale price for "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" than previous "Twilight" movies, meaning revenue per copy sold was higher than in the past.

"Breaking Dawn" also sold 50,000 digital copies and was rented 80,000 times via video-on-demand. Those figures are up 47% and 142%, respectively, over "Eclipse," according to Summit.

The final "Twilight" movie, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," is due in theaters Nov. 16.

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-- Ben Fritz

Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' trailer to debut on 'Hunger Games'

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The trailer for the fifth and final "Twilight" movie, "Breaking Dawn Part 2," will debut exclusively on "The Hunger Games" in March -- the first significant example of synergy between Lions Gate Entertainment and its new subsidiary Summit Entertainment.

When the studio acquired Summit in January, Lions Gate executives touted the opportunities that would come from bringing together two of Hollywood's hottest young adult franchises. Because fans tend to get excited about seeing the first trailer for a highly anticipated sequel, Lions Gate is betting it can bring the huge base of "Twilight" fans to the opening weekend of "The Hunger Games," which debuts March 23.

"'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' trailer will debut exclusively on every 'Hunger Games' print on its opening night for what will be Lions Gate's largest release ever," Santa Monica-based Lions Gate's chief executive Jon Feltheimer said on a conference call with analysts Friday following the release of its financial results.

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While anticipation for "The Hunger Games" is high, the film is still a risk for Lions Gate, which spent nearly $100 million to make the picture before the benefit of tax credits and international pre-sales. This is the studio's biggest film budget to date. The company is counting on a successful launch for the March release to not only generate immediate profits but create momentum for three planned sequels. "Breaking Dawn Part 2" will open in November.

A successful launch for "The Hunger Games" will help Lions Gate to replace Summit's "Twilight," which ends its run on the big screen with the fifth installment. Four previous movies have grossed a total of $2.5 billion worldwide and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits.

Asked on the conference call whether there could be a sixth "Twilight" film," Lions Gate motion picture group co-chairman and former Summit co-chief Rob Friedman said that was entirely up to Stephenie Meyer, author of the teen vampire books.

If she were to write a sixth book, he said, Lions Gate would eagerly support it with a big screen adaptation.

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Photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth in "The Hunger Games." Credit: Murray Close / Lionsgate.

'Twilight' helps Summit Entertainment quintuple revenue in 2 years

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Summit Entertainment's revenue more than quintupled from 2008 to 2010 based on the massive success of three "Twilight" movies, according to a regulatory filing by the studio's new parent company Lions Gate Entertainment.

As part of a presentation to potential lenders as part of its acquisition of Summit, which was previously a private company, Lions Gate disclosed Summit's financial results for the first time.

They show that from 2008, the year that the first "Twilight" movie was released theatrically, to 2010, Summit's revenue skyrocketed from $211.6 million to $1.15 billion. The Santa Monica-based studio also swung from an $85.3-million net loss in 2008 to a $352.2 million profit two years later.

In 2009, when the first "Twilight" movie came out on DVD and "New Moon" hit theaters, Summit made a profit of $145.1 million on revenue of $722.1 million.

2010 was a particularly successful year for Summit because not only was the third "Twilight" movie, "Eclipse," released in theaters, but both that picture and 2009's "New Moon" came out on DVD. Studios make most of their film profits from home entertainment sales and rentals.

In the first nine months of 2011, the most recent year for which Lions Gate released data, Summit's revenue plunged to $331.3 million and its net income was only $14.7 million. During that period, however, there were no "Twilight" releases.

The fourth "Twilight" movie was released last November and the fifth and final installment of the popular vampire series will be in theaters in November.

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Photo: Taylor Lautner, Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Credit: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment

'Twilight' saga may continue after fifth film, Lions Gate CEO says

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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" may not be the end of Bella, Edward and Jacob's on-screen journey, according to the head of the franchise's new Hollywood home.

The chief executive of Lions Gate Entertainment, which on Friday acquired "Twilight" film studio Summit Entertainment for $412.5 million, said he believes the film franchise will continue to have value to his company,even after the Nov. 16 release of the fifth movie completes the adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer's four books.

"I'm anticipating 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' being $700 million-plus in worldwide box office," said Jon Feltheimer, predicting the next film would slightly outdo the $697 million global take of "Breaking Dawn Part 1."

Asked whether the franchise would continue in some form for Lions Gate, he added, "It's hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn't have ongoing value. It's an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is 'Boy I hope so.'"

One person close to the acquisition deal but not authorized to speak publicly suggested that because Lions Gate, unlike Summit, has a television production unit, it could adapt "Twilight" for the small screen.

Asked whether there was a possibility of bringing "Twilight" to television, Feltheimer answered, "I would certainly hope so."

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Photo: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

Box office: 'Twilight,' 'Muppets' besting 'Hugo,' 'Arthur Christmas'

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is easily topping the holiday weekend box office, followed closely by "The Muppets" It's turning into a bountiful Thanksgiving weekend for vampires and Muppets and a tough one for Christmas elves and little boys in train stations.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is easily topping the holiday weekend box office, followed closely by "The Muppets," the strongest-performing new film to open Wednesday. But the animated "Arthur Christmas" and Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo" are lagging far behind with soft starts.

"Breaking Dawn," the fourth of Summit Entertainment's planned five movies based on the bestselling books, sold $20.3 million worth of tickets on Wednesday and Thursday and is on track to collect roughly $56 million by Sunday. "The Muppets" grossed $12.5 million in its first two days in theaters and should get to about $40 million by Sunday.

Although those are the strongest numbers posted at the box office this weekend, neither is particularly impressive. "Breaking Dawn" is on track to collect about $10 million less over the holiday weekend than the third "Twilight" movie, "New Moon," which opened the Friday before Thanksgiving in 2009. And "The Muppets" appears likely to come in below estimates based on pre-release surveys that indicated it would take in about $45 million.

The weekend's biggest disappointment so far is "Arthur Christmas." Sony Pictures' animated film, made in collaboration with Britain's Aardman Animations, took in only $4.3 million its first two days in theaters. The well-reviewed film, which cost approximately $100 million to produce, will gross about $15 million by Sunday.

"Hugo," Scorsese's adaptation of the children's book about a boy building a mechanical friend in a Parisian train station, has generated about $4 million since Wednesday and will likely sell $15 million worth of tickets by the end of the weekend. That's roughly the same as "Arthur Christmas," but playing at about 2,000 fewer theaters than its animated rival. 

Financier GK Films spent significantly more to make "Hugo," though -- close to $150 million, according to the company, and around $170 million, according to a person close to the picture. That means the film, which is being released and marketed by Paramount Pictures, will ultimately have to open on more screens and perform significantly better to become a domestic box-office success.

-- Ben Fritz

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Photo: Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

The Morning Fix: Cruel summer! Will the hype live up to 'The Event'? Hollywood loves a good reboot.

After the coffee. Before deciding that coming up with something new for this every day is harder than it looks!

No "Hangover" means a hangover. The Wall Street Journal is the latest to weigh in with an analysis of the summer box office. Looking at the glass half full, revenues were up. On the half-empty side, that's because tickets for 3-D movies boosted prices and in reality attendance was off about 3%. Although that doesn't seem like a huge figure, summer is Hollywood's most important season and drops in attendance are big news. "The two things this summer was missing were a huge surprise hit and a weekend," Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures told the WSJ.

Rebuilding the franchises. When Sony was having trouble getting a Spider-Man movie together that would keep Tobey Maguire and everyone else involved happy, it decided to start over from scratch. Warner Bros. did the same thing years ago with the Batman franchise and more recently with Superman. The Los Angeles Times looks at Hollywood's latest obsession: rebooting. Are those behind reboots being creative or just showing their utter lack of creativity. Guess what? If it pays off, it doesn't really matter.

Evil ready to take residence. Here's a prediction: "Resident Evil: Afterlife" will be the biggest new movie at the box office this weekend. Of course, it's the only film opening wide. Because it's in 3-D and this will be a slow weekend, projections are that the Sony-distributed horror flick should take in about $25 million. Summit, meanwhile, figures it can drain a little more blood out of the box office and is re-releasing "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Analysis and projections from the Los Angeles Times and Variety

Will it really be an event? NBC is hoping a promotional push for its new drama "The Event" has just enough mystery to lure viewers in and not so much that it confuses potential viewers so much they decide to skip it. These days, getting a big opening number is much more important than it was a decade ago, and NBC officials know that if they can't grab viewers right out of the box, there won't be much of an event. At the same time, they need to also convince viewers (like this one) that they will stick with the show. There's nothing people hate more than investing in a show that's gone after a month. The pilot for "The Event" grabbed me, although there are a few tweaks producers could make that would make it less confusing. I need to see the second episode before deciding if it is DVR worthy. More on NBC's promotional strategy from the New York Times

Job opening. The writers and producers of "The Office" will take their time figuring out who will replace Steve Carell in the NBC sitcom after this season. The Hollywood Reporter says episodes will focus on various characters that could end up with the big office after the Michael Scott character hits the road for good. Of course, there will still be lots of speculation that the show will bring in a new character. My advice, not that anyone is asking, is to stick with the cast you have, and if it becomes clear that something new is needed in the mix, bring it in. Truth is, "Cheers" never needed to replace Diane with Rebecca. I know, Sam Malone is the more apt comparison, but hey, Ted Danson didn't go anywhere, so that won't work -- and it's Friday, so leave me alone!

Fine line between reporting and illegal snooping. News Corp. and its chief, Rupert Murdoch, are catching a lot of heat for accusations that one of his British tabloids broke the law in its efforts to get information on celebrities and members of the royal family. The New York Times did a comprehensive story last Sunday, and now the Associated Press reports on the aftershocks.

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-- Joe Flint

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The Morning Fix: Emmy loves broadcast. Disney may really have sold Miramax! ESPN-LeBron backlash

After the coffee. Before avoiding all the reviews of "Inception."

Is it really over? Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal to sell Miramax to an investor group led by construction executive Ron Tutor with backing from Colony Capital, a private equity firm, and James Robinson, chief executive of production company Morgan Creek. If this deal actually closes, it will bring to an end to months of high-stakes negotiations and a battle among three potential suitors, including Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Former Disney executive Richard Nanula, now with Colony, is expected to oversee operations at Miramax for its new owners. More on what may be the final chapter from the Los Angeles Times and the Wrap.

Explaining Emmy. When hundreds are nominated for awards, it can make finding a trend difficult. But try we must, and with some new shows on broadcast television -- "Glee," "Modern Family," and "The Good Wife" -- doing very well, the verdict seems to be that network television is back. Well, certainly it was a good season, but it's not like HBO, Showtime, AMC and other cable channels were overlooked by Emmy voters. I'm still wondering how the voters could snub Khandi Alexander of HBO's "Treme." And why do they keep ignoring FX's "Rescue Me." Analysis on the nominations from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

Fleeing Sun Valley. Friday is when the media stalkers exit Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley mogul gathering after three days of chasing executives and being escorted by security to the bathroom. So here are the wrap-up stories from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal that, quite frankly, could have been written before the conference started. No digs at my media pals intended; I've been there and know the drill. You do the best you can with what few morsels you can get. At least the Idaho setting is beautiful and there are some good restaurants in town.

The 10% factor. The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni takes a look at the verdict against Walt Disney Co. in its battle over profits from the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" with the show's creator, Celador Productions, and the role that agents played in the relationship between the two companies. William Morris agents were put in an awkward position throughout the trial, and the verdict may have some rethinking the way packaging fees for shows are doled out to agencies.

ESPN and LeBron: The Aftermath. ESPN's deal with LeBron James, in which the basketball superstar got to handpick his interviewer and sell the network's ad time (for charity) in return for telling the cable channel where he was signing, has been heavily criticized in the media. Here's our Thursday story and a take from Friday's New York Times. Ex-ESPN analyst Dan Patrick said on his radio show Friday that the Thursday night program was "an infomercial" and that the network covered this "like it's 'American Idol.'" Not everyone is ganging up on Disney's ESPN though. Here's a defense from the Daily Beast. Meanwhile, super-agent Ari Emanuel is taking credit for helping put together the show, which, given the reviews, may not be something to boast about.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: "Eclipse" is expected to rule the weekend again at the box office, but its pacing is trailing its predecessor, "New Moon." More bad news for Mel Gibson.

-- Joe Flint

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'Eclipse' breaks 'New Moon' record for midnight ticket sales with more than $30 million

EclipseMidnight Hard-core "Twilight" fans have set another box office record.

"Eclipse," the third movie based on the best-selling vampire romance novels, sold more than $30 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada Tuesday night in shows that started at or soon after midnight. Distributor Summit Entertainment is still calculating the exact total, a spokesman said.

The previous record for midnight screening ticket sales of $26.3 million was set by the last "Twilight" movie, "New Moon," in November 2009.

Grosses from midnight screenings are usually a sign of early fan enthusiasm for a movie, a category in which "Twilight" undeniably excels, as evidenced by the near-hysterical interest in stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart at events like last week's premiere.

"Eclipse" has the advantage of being the first "Twilight" movie to open in the summer and also the first to play on Imax screens -- 193 total -- which carry higher ticket prices. However, "Eclipse" also easily broke the previous record for midnight ticket sales in the summer: $22.2 million for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" last summer.

More than $1 million of "Eclipse" ticket sales Tuesday night came from Imax screens.

With a record amount of money already in hand, the question now for distributor Summit Entertainment is whether "Eclipse" will be a bigger hit than "New Moon" or if it will end up with a similar total domestic gross of about $300 million.

Since most people are off of work Monday for the July 4 holiday, "Eclipse" is expected to gross a huge amount of money in its first six days, likely about $180 million and possibly as much as $200 million.

--Ben Fritz

Photo: Alice Griffin, 23, becomes excited Tuesday at the Cineport 10 in Las Cruces, N.M., about seeing "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" that midnight. Credit: Norm Dettlaff / Associated Press

'New Moon' DVD sells 4 million units on first weekend

NewMoonDVD The Twi-hards have struck again.

Fans of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" snatched up 4 million DVDs this past weekend after it went on sale Saturday, beating the launch of the original "Twilight" last year, which sold 3.8 million units on its first two days.

The figure included discs sold directly to consumers, not rentals, digital downloads or video-on-demand.

The difference between the movies in DVD sales is substantially less than at the box office. "New Moon" grossed $296.6 million domestically last year, compared to $192.8 million for the original "Twilight" in 2008.

Given the 13% decline in U.S. DVD revenue last year, however, gaining any ground is something of a victory for independent studio Summit Entertainment.

"Twilight" went onto become the bestselling DVD of 2009, moving 9.2 million units. It remains to be seen if "New Moon" will exceed that total or if, as happened at the box office, it will be largely a first weekend phenomenon.

-- Ben Fritz

Photo: Barbara Payne watches the "New Moon" DVD at the "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" DVD release event at Blockbuster Brookhaven on March 19 in Atlanta.

'Twilight': What does Catherine Hardwicke's exit bode for 'New Moon'?

Hardwicke_2 By now, Sunday's sudden and stunning news that "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke would not return to helm "New Moon" has had time to sink in.

Consider what her departure means for the franchise.

Hardwicke was key in casting Kristen Stewart and breakthrough star Robert Pattinson as the young lovers in Stephenie Meyer's romantic vampire saga, and she's got a proven track record in dealing with themes and issues concerning young people ("Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown.")

Perhaps more important, Hardwicke, who in fact is still on the promotional tour for the film, which has grossed almost $140 million in the U.S. alone, is something of a "Twilight" fangirl herself. The night before the Los Angeles premiere, she visited fans in line -- many of whom had been there for a couple of days -- posing for pictures and signing autographs. She was also at least partially responsible for getting the film's initial script, which she compared to "Charlie's Angels," nixed in favor of a more faithful telling.

Now she's gone and fans what to know what happens next. There are few schools of thought:

Not to fret, different directors can keep a series fresh. Just look at the "Harry Potter" movies, which began with the straight-forward adaptations of Christopher Columbus, went through a darker if more emotionally powerful period with Alfonso Cuaron ("Prisoner of Azkaban"), got an adrenaline boost from Mike Newell ("Goblet of Fire"), and have matured under David Yates ("Order of the Phoenix" and the upcoming "Half-Blood Prince.") Ditto other successful franchises such as "James Bond," the "Bourne" movies.

Movie watchers have already begun discussing who should take over. RopeOfSilicon.com has five female suggestions, among them Kimberly Pierce, who directed "Boys Don't Cry," and Mira Nair from "The Namesake." Earlier this month, Film.com weighed in with its top choices, including young upstart Sarah Polley and long-shot Sofia Coppola.

It doesn't matter who's behind the lens, as long as screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg sticks around. Rosenberg is credited with condensing 500+ pages of story into a two-hour film, helping to eliminate some of Meyer's clunkier passages of prose and injecting more humor into Meyer's story (i.e. the exchanges between Charlie and Billy, the dialog among Bella's human pals, details such as the wall of graduation caps.) Critics who had positive things to say about the film were grateful.

On the flip side, taking such liberties infuriated some Meyer devotees, and could do so to an even larger extent in "New Moon." Rosenberg reportedly achieved a way to squeeze in more screen time for Edward, even when he's supposed to go MIA for the majority of the second book.

The cast will be back -- what could go wrong? Pattinson and Stewart aren't going anywhere. Does anything else matter?

We have a problem, Forks. Whether or not you fell in love with Hardwicke's vision, the director's finger was on the pulse of "Twilight" fans. She relentlessly scoured Oregon for Bella's and Edward's perfect meadow, the pivotal scene for most readers. She made sure Stewart and Pattinson would steam up the screen -- on her own bed, no less. She made sure the book's many characters were all accounted for, even arguably expendable folk such as Eric.) She even went so far as to film a scene from "Midnight Sun," Meyer's as-yet-unfinished retelling of "Twilight" from Edward's perspective, which will be included as a bonus for fans on the film's forthcoming DVD. Will Summit Entertainment be able to find another director so in touch with teens and just as passionate about the source material?

What do you all think? Is Hardwicke's exit a good or bad thing for "New Moon"? Does it make a difference? Who do you want to see take over? 

-- Denise Martin

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Photo: Catherine Hardwicke. Credit: Getty Images

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