'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Makes $30 Million at Midnight; On Pace to Beat 'The Dark Knight'

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Makes $30 Million at Midnight; On Pace to Beat 'The Dark Knight'

Nov 18, 2011

The first numbers are in for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which took in $30.25 million at midnight screenings for one heckuva head-start at shattering some box office records. That's just slightly above the $30.1 million Eclipse took in at midnight, and a lot more than the $26.3 million New Moon grossed. As it stands now, experts are forecasting Breaking Dawn, Part 1 to finish somewhere above $160 million for the weekend, which would definitely put it in the top three opening weekends of all time.

Right now Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 owns the all-time best opening weekend at $169 million, with The Dark Knight in second at $158 million and Spider-Man 3 in third with $151 million. New Moon fell short of finding its way into the top three, totaling $142 million opening weekend. Will Breaking Dawn, Part 1 find a way to squeeze into this pack, or will it end up where Eclipse did at only $64 million for the weekend?

We'll know a lot more come Monday morning -- where do you think it'll end up?

[via Box Office Mojo]

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