"The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" has hit a big milestone in less than two weeks after being released worldwide. On Tuesday, November 29, Summit Entertainment announced that the vampire movie has grossed $508 million on Monday, surpassing the $500 million mark on worldwide box office in merely 12 days.
Aside from achieving a big success globally, the Bill Condon-directed fantasy romance has made a huge accomplishment domestically. The film grossed $223 from ticket sales in North America, placing it on the top 12 movies which reach $220 million in 10 days.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the success of this film and a franchise that the fans have continued to support over the past several years," said Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, Summit's co-chairmen, in a statement.
"Thank you to all involved with the films from the actors, filmmakers and Stephenie Meyer to the most important group of all, the global fan base that continues to drive a desire for more Edward, Jacob and Bella," they continued.
The first installment of the franchise, "Twilight", collected $192 million domestically and $190 million on the foreign side in 2008. "The Twilight Saga's New Moon", meanwhile, generated $296 million domestically and $396 million internationally in 2009. As for "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse", the film collected $300 million domestically and $373 million internationally last year.
"Breaking Dawn I" has opened wide in theaters nationwide since November 18. In the movie, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner reprise their roles as fan-favorite characters Edward, Bella and Jacob respectively. Its follow-up, "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part II" is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on November 16, 2012.