‘Twilight’ Early Shows Get $30.4 Million for Lions Gate

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2,” the movie from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF), collected about $30.4 million in early shows at U.S. and Canadian theaters, the third-highest amount for such screenings.

Early results for the film, which showed late yesterday and at midnight, were released today by Lions Gate’s Vancouver-based Summit Entertainment studio in an e-mailed statement. The film is the fifth and final in a series about teen vampires and werewolves.

The early sales are the best for any of the “Twilight” films, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office. The first four films in the series, based on the young-adult books by Stephenie Meyer, generated $2.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales. “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” is forecast to take in $145 million in domestic sales this weekend, the estimate of researcher Boxoffice.com.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” Time Warner Inc. (TWX)’s final entry in the series about the boy wizard, ranks first in overnight screenings with $43.5 million, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office. “The Dark Knight Rises,” also a Time Warner release, pulled in $30.6 million in early viewings.

Lions Gate, based in Vancouver and run from Santa Monica, California, gained less than 1 percent to $15.55 at the close in New York. The shares have gained 87 percent this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net

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