Breaking Dawn takes £180m worldwide
The Twilight Saga has staked out another huge opening with a 139.5 million US dollars (£88.4 million) first weekend in America, and a worldwide launch of 283.5 million dollars (£180 million).
The US total gives The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 the second-best debut weekend for the franchise, after the 142.8 million dollars (£90.4 million) launch for 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Breaking Dawn did more than half of its business, 72 million dollars (£45.6 million), on opening day Friday.
Opening in 54 countries outside of the US, Breaking Dawn pulled in 144 million dollars (£91 million) internationally.
But the dancing penguin sequel Happy Feet 2 stumbled in its debut, pulling in just 22 million dollars (£14 million) over opening weekend. That is barely half what the first film in the animated franchise earned in its opening weekend in 2006.