11/17/2012 03:10 pm ET

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Final Movie In Series Leads Weekend Box Office

The final Twilight film got off to an expectedly huge start at the box office on Friday.

In its first 24 hours (well, really it’s first 26 hours including Thursday night shows) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 grossed a massive $71.2 million — just a touch behind the $71.6 million earned on Breaking Dawn – Part 1‘s opening day and a bit further behind the $72.7 million found by New Moon. Due to the up-front rush of Twihards on opening day, the film will fall hard over the rest of the weekend, but it should still finish the frame in the same range as its predecessors, taking in about $135-140 million.

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