As expected, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 took a phenomenal amount at the US Box Office over the weekend, trouncing last week’s number one Skyfall and going into the top 10 of the biggest grossing US debuts ever.
However, there was a sense of disappointment for Lionsgate studios after the last in the franchise failed to oust 2009’s New Moon as the biggest opening Twilight movie – something they were expecting given the veil it was drawing over the series. They can’t really be too upset with takings of $141 million – the film also taking an additional $200 million worldwide over the weekend – but they did narrowly miss out on beating New Moon, which had taken $142.8 million domestically on its debut three years ago.
Nevertheless, only the Batman franchise has more than one film in the top 10 openings of all-time aside from Twilight, with the franchise undoubtedly one of the most consistent of all time. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 topped a strong looking top three last weekend, with Skyfall still taking in a robust $41.5 million for second spot, and the critically acclaimed and potential Oscar candidate Lincoln making a decent debut in third with takings of $21 million. Disney animation Wreck-It Ralph and Denzel Washington-starring Flight rounded out the top five.
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