While The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 continues to dominate box offices around the world, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart spent a well-earned Thanksgiving break together with Pattinson’s family in the UK.
After being spotted by an onlooker at London’s Heathrow airport on Friday, the pair boarded a flight bound for New York.
Now that the mammoth promotional tour for the finale installment of the Twilight Saga series is over, it’s likely both actors are keen to spend some quality time out of the public eye before their respective film slates kick off in 2013.
After earning the best notices of his career in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis — currently number two on French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema’s Top 10 films of 2012 — Pattinson will shortly begin filming on the first of a slew of new films.
In January, he will join Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy on the set of The Rover. Described as a futuristic western, acclaimed Australian director David Michod will direct.
Other films on Pattinson’s to do list, are Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Saddam Hussein thriller Mission: Blacklist and James Marsh’s Hold On To Me — a dark, femme fatale caper that stars Carey Mulligan.
The 26-year-old will also take on the role of T.E Lawrence — aka ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ — in Werner Herzog’s indie Queen of the Desert with Naomi Watts and Jude Law. Also slated is another collaboration with Cronenberg in Maps to the Stars with Rachel Weisz and Viggo Mortensen.
Similarly, Stewart, also has some exciting irons in the fire.
Recently seen promoting Walter Salles’ On The Road before its December 21 limited US release, the actress picked up some strong reviews for her portrayal of the wild spirited Marylou.
Next up for the 22-year-old are lead roles in dark grifter rom-com Focus with Ben Affleck attached to co-star, and Scott Cooper’s adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel Lie Down in Darkness.
Following public fallout after revelations of a tryst with Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, in August The Hollywood Reporterclaimed Stewart had been dropped from Universal’s planned sequel.
Other reports either refutedTHR’s claim or raised questions about manipulation. More recently, when asked if she knew anything about a sequel, Stewart said, “Maybe … no one’s positive or anything, but I think there’s a strong possibility.”
Meanwhile, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 retains its box office crown on Thanksgiving weekend eve. After racking up an impressive $ 304.9 million worldwide in its first three days, that figure has now grown to $ 375, 331, 000 and counting.
Directed by Bill Condon, the closer installment broke all kinds of box office records internationally including the UK, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Latin America, Spain, Italy and Brazil.
In addition to an international debut best for the franchise ($199.6 million), Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also delivered the eighth largest opening weekend in history. Three Twilight movies now occupy the Top 10 domestic openings of all time.
Despite Wednesday opening challenges from Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi and Red Dawn — and Skyfall’s ongoing high — the vampire series’ ascendance at the box office this Thanksgiving is assured.
After pulling in $ 12.8 million on Wednesday and $ 8.1 million Thursday, a domestic tally of $ 183, 781, 000 puts Part 2 $ 4.7 million ahead of Breaking Dawn – Part 1 at the same point last year.
Analysts estimate the Twilight Saga’s swansong could bring in $ 43 million domestic over the holiday. Add that to the finale film’s continuing buoyant overseas performance, and Summit should have plenty to be thankful for after the long weekend.