‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1’ takes top box-office spot; epilepsy group’s seizure warning doesn’t cause dent 

Childbirth scene's strobe light effect cited as cause of attacks

Monday, December 5 2011, 11:08 AM
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1’
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.’

A scare over seizures couldn’t come between the love shared by Bella, Edward and movie audiences this weekend.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” took the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row in spite of a nationwide warning to moviegoers who suffer from epilepsy that the movie’s infamous birth scene may spark seizures.
The movie pulled in $16.9 million to bring its total domestic box-office haul to $247.3 million.
To date there have been at least nine known cases of seizures at theaters showing the film — believed to have been caused by flashing white lights during that sequence, ABC News reported last week.
Flashing lights can trigger the firing of neurons in the brains of those who are susceptible.
Multiplexes across the country — including the AMC Loews Village 7 in Manhattan — put up warning signs alerting ticket-buyers that the scene could cause seizures.
Family films dominated the rest of the list of top earners, with “The Muppets” finishing in second place with $11.2 million, bringing its total to $56.1 million. “Hugo,” “Arthur Christmas” and “Happy Feet Two” rounded out the top five. The sex addiction film “Shame” — starring Michael Fassbender, all of Michael Fassbender — finished in a healthy sixth place, despite an NC-17 rating and showing in just 10 locations.


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