'Breaking Dawn' hits $500 million mark

ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART star in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 1 
  
 Ph: Andrew Cooper 
  
 © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC.  All rights reserved.

Photo by Andrew Cooper, © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART star in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 1 Ph: Andrew Cooper © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” this week became only the ninth film of 2011 to hit $500 million in worldwide earnings.

The film, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, hit the milestone in only 12 days, according to Summit.

“Breaking Dawn” has grossed $223.4 million in North America and $285 million internationally for a global total of $508.4 million.

“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 Summit co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

“Breaking Dawn” is also holding its own in comparison to the other two films in the franchise, although it is pacing slightly behind “New Moon” in North America. “New Moon” earned $233.3 million in its first 12 days.

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