17 November 2012 9:35 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 scored one of the top opening days ever, but surprisingly fell short of setting a new franchise record on Friday. Including $30.4 million from midnight and 10 p.m. Thursday shows--which should count towards Thursday, not Friday--the fifth and final chapter in the Twilight saga grossed an estimated $71.2 million yesterday. That's the sixth-highest opening day ever, and is slightly below The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $72.7 million and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1's $71.6 million.An opening day north of $70 million is fantastic, and the fact that three Twilight movies have accomplished this feat is really remarkable. Still, unlike the conclusions to the recent Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars franchises, Breaking Dawn Part 2's finale status didn't drive it to a new Twilight record, which is slightly disappointing. The movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore, and that improved to »


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