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The sparkly vampire gravy train is finally coming to an end this weekend, as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 comes to theaters worldwide and websites like ours get to breathlessly report how much money the new Stephenie Meyer adaptation has made… for the last time. But don't be sad yet! There's an entire weekend worth of box office receipts to report, and as usual, the new Twilight movie has kicked things off with a serious bang.
Combining both the 10 p.m. screenings from last night and the midnight shows, Breaking Dawn Part 2 has already made $30.4 million, a record for the series. According to Deadline it just edges out the $30.25 million made by Breaking Dawn Part 1 and cruises well past New Moon's $26.27 million from midnight-- though there were fewer 10 p.m. Thursday shows to count then, if any at all. Now Breaking Dawn part 2 will be playing in 4,070 theaters across the United States and Canada, which puts the huge $138.1 million from Breaking Dawn Part 1 well within sight as a huge record to break.
After all, look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which capped another huge franchise with a bananas $169 million box office opening last summer. The biggest opening in the Twilight series actually belongs to New Moon, which made $142 million, and we'll have to see if that's just the high-water mark for the franchise, or if the finality of Breaking Dawn Part 2 will bring more people out in droves.
We'll have a full box office report to you on Sunday and an update on Saturday, because hey, it's always fun to follow huge releases like this. Let us know in the comments if you've seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 and if you like what you saw!