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Breaking Dawn Part 2 could in many ways be the biggest film of the Twilight franchise, what with the enormous battle scene, the many vampires coming in from all over the world to help Bella and Edward, and of course, the "they lived happily ever after" ending. But it won't be the biggest at the box office, at least in its opening weekend. Though Breaking Dawn Part 2 made an estimated $72 million on Friday, it's not likely to be enough to beat the record $142.8 million that the second installment, New Moon, made in 2009.
The question now, according to Deadline, is whether Breaking Dawn Part 2 can slip past the $138.1 million made by Part 1 last year. No matter what the franchise is clearly going out on top, but it's interesting to see Breaking Dawn fail to follow the pattern of the Harry Potter films, in which the final movie in the series made by far the most money.
Luckily for anyone who's not a Twihard, there's a ton of other great stuff out there this weekend, and most of it is doing well-- Skyfall made $12.2 million Friday going into its second weekend, and will have no trouble being #2 for the weekend. Lincoln is also in its second weekend, expanding from 11 to 1,775 theaters, and will come in third with an estimated $20.1 million-- pretty amazing for a two-and-a-half-hour historical drama that's largely about the legislative process. And though there's no report yet about how Anna Karenina is doing in just 16 theaters, that's a great one too if you live in a city where you can check it out.
We'll have a full box office report to you on Sunday, so in the meantime, let us know what you're seeing this weekend!