Final 'Twilight' ends saga on a high note

  • Updated: November 18, 2012 - 7:47 PM
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Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Foy, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." Ph: Andrew Cooper, SMPSP � 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

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LOS ANGELES - The sun has set on the "Twilight" franchise with one last blockbuster opening for the supernatural romance.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, and leaves "Twilight" with three of the top-10 openings, joining 2009's "New Moon" (No. 7 with $142.8 million) and last year's "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" (No. 9 with $138.1 million).

Though "Twilight" is still a female-driven franchise, with girls and women making up 79 percent of the opening-weekend audience, the finale drew the biggest male crowds in the series.

Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis' Civil War drama "Lincoln" expanded nationwide after a week in limited release and came in at No. 3 with $21 million.

The comic drama "Silver Linings Playbook," released by the Weinstein Co., got off to a good start in limited release. Keira Knightley's period drama "Anna Karenina" also started well in limited release.

Estimated weekend ticket sales:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," $141.3 million

2. "Skyfall," $41.5 million

3. "Lincoln," $21 million

4. "Wreck-It Ralph," $18.3 million

5. "Flight," $8.6 million

6. "Argo," $4.1 million

7. "Taken 2," $2.1 million

8. "Pitch Perfect," $1.3 million

9. "Here Comes the Boom," $1.2 million

10 (tie). "Cloud Atlas," $900,000

10 (tie). "Hotel Transylvania," $900,000

10 (tie). "The Sessions," $900,000.

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