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‘Breaking Dawn’ To Debut As High As $125M

EXCLUSIVE: The international rollout starts Wednesday. But I’ve just learned that an internal Summit Entertainment estimate puts this weekend’s domestic opening of Breaking Dawn Part 1 at $110 million to $125 million. That will make this fourth film in the Twilight Saga franchise the 2nd biggest weekend debut since the studio began making Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance novels into films – behind only the Twilight sequel New Moon. [UPDATE: Rival studios think Summit is lowballing and expect Breaking Dawn to debut to $142+M.] And remember this is a female-driven 2D movie. It’s the 3D fanboy-driven movies that have been so hurt by slumping box office of late. Once again, the newest installment will be releasing into more than 4,061 locations in North America. No number of theaters yet known for the midnight opening Thursday. Since the franchise began, Twilight opened domestically to $69.6M in 2008, New Moon to $142.8M in 2009, Eclipse to $64.8M in 2010.

As for the day and date international rollout, here’s the release schedule: November 16th Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland; November 17th – Australia, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Chile, CIS, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, UAE, Ukraine; November 18th – Aruba, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, West Indies, UK. (Previous: Read More »

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‘Twilight’ Trailer Preview: ‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1′

For Twilight fans who can’t wait until the full one is released Tuesday, here’s Summit’s short snippet of the Breaking Dawn — Part 1 trailer, with a newlywed Bella in peril.

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Taylor Lautner Making 8-Figures Per Movie; Will Produce & Star In 2 Studio Tentpoles During 2011; Now Casting His Love Interest

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the Taylor Lautner juggernaut continues in Hollywood as this 18-year-old Twilight Saga action star and teen heartthrob just keeps booking movie after movie. Last year’s highest paid teenage actor (for a reported $7.5 million pay day in Universal’s Stretch Armstrong with Hasbro and Imagine) is starting off the new year by producing and starring in 2 new studio tentpoles during 2011. I can scoop that Fox 2000 and New Regency each coughed up an 8-digit paycheck to work with 8-pack-abs Tay-Tay for his two only available time slots this year. Meanwhile, three top producers including Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes are circling Taylor to star in their movies for 2012 and beyond. That’s because of Lautner’s enormous Twi-hard fan base and aggressive promotion of his films, and not because of any solo box office he’s done yet.

Fox 2000 and the filmmakers now are looking to cast his love interest in Incarceron, and I’m told the frontrunners are Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Watson. John Palermo Productions will produce (Wolverine, Drive) with Lautner’s own Quick Six production banner., Lautner will play the lead role from Catherine Fisher’s sci-fi/fantasy novel which last March went to Fox in a rights bidding war after the book was published in the U.S. this November and jumped onto The New York Times bestseller list. Lautner plays a character who lives his entire life in a savage and futuristic prison society. The screenwriting duo of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are writing. (They are also scripting Moby Dick for Timur Bekmanbetov and Moses for FOX … Read More »

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Summit Threatens Litigation Over ‘Twilight’ “Misrepresentations”

EXCLUSIVE: Failure may be an orphan in Hollywood, but success has many fathers. I’ve learned that Summit Entertainment has sent a letter threatening legal action if this NYC-based businessman continues to “misrepresent that he’s involved in the ownership, management, decision-making, and operations” of Summit. Last time the studio warned him, he was claiming involvement with Summit’s New Moon and Breaking Dawn movies in the Twilight saga. Read the letter and the emails: Read More »

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ Casts Secondary Roles

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment announced today that the following actors have been cast in supporting roles in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Shot back to back by director Bill Condon, the films will be released November 18, 2011 and the second comes to theatres on November 16, 2012. Summit isn’t revealing what these actors play, but here is the thesp lineup:

* Olga Fonda (Love Hurts)
* Janelle Froehlich (Hacienda Heights)
* Masami Kosaka (The Runaways)
* Sebastiao Lemos (Brazilian TV series Força-Tarefa)
* Amadou Ly (The Tested, The Bridge)
* Ty Olsson (2012)
* Wendell Pierce (Ray)
* Carolina Virguez (Spanish TV series Matalobos)

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Casting Update: Twilight’s ‘Breaking Dawn’

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 2:38pm PDT

Summit Entertainment announced today the following have been cast in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN for roles in The Amazon Coven, The Egyptian Coven, The Irish Coven and The Romanian Coven as well as the American and European Nomads as outlined below.

THE AMAZON COVEN

The Amazon Coven is comprised of Tracey Heggins as Senna and Judi Shekoni as Zafrina.

Among the oldest vampires in the world, Senna and Zafrina are descendants of an ancient Amazonian tribe. They have lived outside of civilization for centuries and therefore make no attempt to keep up a human facade. Though they drink human blood, the Amazons have long been allies of Carlisle.

· Higgins is represented by Framework Entertainment; Shekoni is represented by Visionary Entertainment as well as Venture IAB in the US and International Artistes in the UK.

THE EGYPTIAN COVEN

The Egyptian Coven is comprised of:
Omar Metwally (RENDITION, MUNICH) as Amun.
Andrea Gabriel (Lost, House) as Kebi.
Rami Malek (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM) as Benjamin.
Angela Sarafyan (LOVE HURTS, THE GOOD GUYS) as Tia.

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‘Twilight Saga’: New Blood From ‘Taken’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Grace will play a new vampire threat to Kristen Stewart’s Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  Grace, who played Liam Neeson’s in-distress daughter in Taken, will play the role of Irina in the final installments of the Stephenie Meyer novel, which director Bill Condon is directing in two separate films.

Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other “vegetarian” vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events. The first of two pictures will be released by Summit Entertainment on November 18, 2011, followed by the finale on November 16, 2012. Melissa Rosenberg is writing both scripts, and Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer are producing. Grace just completed the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Faster for CBS Pictures and re-teamed with Taken producer Luc Besson in Lockout, the outer space saga that stars Guy Pearce as a wrongly convicted man offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter (Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Grace is also waiting to reprise in Taken 2. She is repped by UTA and Global Creative.

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Next Twilight Saga ‘Breaking Dawn’ To Film In Baton Rouge & Vancouver

Summit Entertainment’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be filmed in both Louisiana’s Baton Rouge and Canada’s Vancouver over the next year starting this fall. The Stephenie Meyer novel will be released as two separate films starting on November 18, 2011.

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