‘Breaking Dawn’ draws $30 million at midnight

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‘Breaking Dawn’ draws $30 million at midnight


Vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” drew $30.25 million in box office blood at midnight screenings on Friday, eclipsing its predecessor and giving it a strong start to the weekend.

The film, which is the first part of the final segment in the series of films about a young woman and her bloodsucking lover, is expected to bring in upward of $140 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices over its opening weekend.

The series, which is based on the popular “Twilight” novels by Stephenie Meyer, is one of Hollywood’s most lucrative franchises. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” debuted in June 2010, and raked in $30.1 million in midnight showings. It went on to suck nearly $700 million from worldwide box offices.

The record for U.S. and Canadian ticket at midnight is held by the recent, final installment of the “Harry Potter” movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” It debuted to $43.5 million at midnight and went on to claim another record: the best three-day weekend with $169.2 million in the United States and Canada.

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