The final film in the Twilight vampire franchise has swooped to the top of the U.K. box office with opening weekend (16-18Nov12) takings of $25.2 million (£15.8 million).
Fans flocked to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and it knocked James Bond movie Skyfall into second place. The 007 blockbuster boasted earnings of $8.9 million (£5.5 million).
Animated movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted fell a spot to number three after taking $1.5 million (£966,116), while Indian romance film Jab Tak Hai Jaan debuted at number four with $1.4 million (£893,953).
Ben Affleck's thriller Argo completes the top five - it earned $1.3 million (£807,457) over the weekend.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.