Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has already bitten off $162.2 million at the worldwide box office, and is especially potent internationally.
The final film in the female-fueled franchise debuted Friday in North America, taking in a stellar $71.2 million from 4,070 theaters to easily top the chart. However, Breaking Dawn 2 may not open ahead of last year's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - 1 or The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Overseas, Breaking Dawn 2 has earned $91 million in three days of play (it began rolling out Wednesday in select markets). The film is pacing well ahead of previous Twilight films in most territories.
Friday's domestically tally of $71.2 million, which includes $30.4 million in Thursday night runs, slightly trails the $71.6 million earned last year by Breaking Dawn Part 1 and the $72.7 million taken in by New Moon. It's the sixth highest opening day in history.
Summit is predicting a $135 million weekend for Breaking Dawn 2, which is directed by Bill Condon and returns Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in the lead roles. The pic earned a glowing A CinemaScore.
Breaking Dawn 1 debuted to $138.1 million on the same weekend a year ago. In November 2009, New Moon opened to $142.8 million, a franchise best.
Heading into the weekend, bullish box-office observers predicted that Breaking Dawn 2 -- which concludes the blockbuster vampire series -- could open between $145 million and $150 million, a franchise best.
Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Steven Spielberg's awards contender Lincoln is doing pleasing business as it expands nationwide after opening last weekend in only 15 theaters in select cities. The DreamWorks film, distributed by Disney, grossed $6.4 million from 1,775 theaters to come in No. 3 behind Breaking Dawn 2 and Skyfall.
Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis, is expected to gross a strong $20 million for the weekend, even with its modest theater count.
MGM and Sony's Skyfall grossed $12.4 million on its second Friday for a domestic cume of $132.2 million.
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