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Twilight's Melissa Rosenberg Becomes Highest-Grossing Female Screenwriter

The Twilight scribe officially tops Hollywood’s list of profitable female writers
By: Rebecca Ihilchik
Published: December 21st, 2011 in Culture » Film » News
Melissa Rosenberg

As The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 continues to rack up the dollars in theatres around the world, writer Melissa Rosenberg has been declared Hollywood’s highest-grossing female screenwriter.

Over the past two weeks, the worldwide earnings of the newest Twilight series instalment have risen to $647.3 million, causing Rosenberg’s total grosses of $2.56 billion to “eclipse” those of screenwriter Linda Woolverton. Until Rosenberg’s recent streak at the box office, Woolverton, who’s written the scripts for Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland adaption and Disney classics The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, held the title with a total of $2.39 billion in produced work.

As for the males, Harry Potter series and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter Steve Kloves holds the top spot with approximately $6.8 billion in worldwide grosses. James Cameron follows with over $6 billion.

Rosenberg’s past writing credits include the previous three Twilight films, 2006‘s dance hit Step Up, and popular television series Dexter and The O.C. She is currently working for Paramount on an adaption of the young adult sci-fi novel Earthseed.

Related articles: Twilight, Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattison, Melissa Rosenberg, Breaking Dawn, Step Up, Dexter, The O.C, Eclipse
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