Kristen Stewart may be stiff and Taylor Lautner may not be able to act his way out of a scene, but the last of the “Twilight” movies is making fools out of the critics. “Breaking Dawn Part 2” grossed $340.9 million over its opening weekend, putting it on track to be the most successful film in the series.
You might not know it judging from critical reaction. Movie reviewers have generally panned the film as they have all of the “Twilight” films.
The last in the series, however, has earned the best rating of them all, although it falls short of what’s considered a critical success.
But where it really counts, the box office, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” is a smashing success. The take so far breaks down to $141.3 million in domestic receipts and $199.6 million from global markets. Fans have remained true to the films to the very end.
The picture opened in 4,070 theaters on Friday. Of those who saw the film, 88 percent said they would recommend it to a friend, according to rottentomatoes, a Website that tracks reviews.
The movie ranks eighth for largest weekend opening overall and scored the second best opening for the franchise, according to deadlinehollywood. “Twilight Saga: New Moon” still holds the opening weekend record of $142.8 million, but Breaking Dawn, Part 1’s $138 million moves down to third place.
“Breaking Dawn, Part 2” has been mostly criticized for being “overly melodramatic” and “poorly paced.” Butt the “rousing climax goes a long way toward redeeming a sluggish first half,” according to rottenttomatoes.
Robert Pattinson got a rare thumbs up for his acting. He “has rarely appeared more relaxed, and his character has never seemed more, well, human,” according to New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, who gave the film a positive rating.