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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Weekend Box Office

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn Part 2Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn Part 2 weekend box office: Better than early estimates, but shy of Twilight record

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn Part 2 easily surpassed Summit Entertainment's "official" expectations ($135m) this weekend, Nov. 16-18, at the North American box office, while reaching a near-Twilight movie franchise record. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Breaking Dawn Part 2 will have grossed $141.3 million by Sunday evening. If estimates are correct, that's the eighth biggest opening weekend ever (not adjusted for inflation) at the domestic box office. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn Part 2.)

Now, briefly, a couple of things: Summit Entertainment's $135 million opening-weekend "expectations" seemed way too modest to begin with, much like Sony Pictures' official predictions were much too modest for Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig's Skyfall last weekend and for Hotel Transylvania a few weekends ago. In other words, officially Breaking Dawn Part 2 "overperformed" at the domestic box office; in reality, it opened closer to the lower end (a few had been expecting $130m) than to the higher end of expectations (up to $160m).

Also, bear in mind that Summit Entertainment has included Thursday 10 p.m. screenings into the weekend total for Breaking Dawn Part 2. Previous Twilight movies didn't have that revenue-boosting advantage. And finally, Breaking Dawn Part 2 (surprisingly) sold way fewer tickets than Chris Weitz's New Moon, whose inflation adjusted gross would have been approximately $151m.

Please come back later today, as I'll have a more detailed Breaking Dawn Part 2 opening-weekend box office analysis available, along with those for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (a remarkably good $21 million this weekend), and, in "platform" release, the Bradley Cooper / Jennifer Lawrence Academy Award-baiting vehicle Silver Linings Playbook (a somewhat disappointing $458,000) and Joe Wright / Keira Knightley's Anna Karenina (an even more "somewhat" disappointing $315,000).

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson topline Breaking Dawn Part 2 cast

Written by Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse / Breaking Dawn Part 1 screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is based on the second half of Stephenie Meyer's book Breaking Dawn.

Besides the now-married lovebirds Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – as vampires Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen – plus Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob Black, the near-endless Breaking Dawn Part 2 cast includes the following: Mackenzie Foy, Ashley Greene, MyAnna Buring, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Reaser, Daniel Cudmore, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Mia Maestro, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Maggie Grace, Jackson Rathbone, Christian Camargo, and Rami Malek.

Plus: Omar Metwally, Angela Sarafyan, Masami Kosaka, Amadou Ly, Janelle Froehlich, Lee Pace, Casey LaBow, Judith Shekoni, Christopher Heyerdahl, Cameron Bright, Booboo Stewart, Charlie Bewley, Jamie Campbell Bower, Julia Jones, Andrea Gabriel, Alex Meraz, Marlane Barnes, Bill Tangradi, Guri Weinberg, Tracey Heggins, Lateef Crowder, Kiowa Gordon, Christie Burke, JD Pardo, Lisa Howard, Erik Odom, Toni Trucks, Joe Anderson, Billy Wagenseller, John Edward Lee, Bronson Pelletier, Noel Fisher, Valorie Curry, Patrick Brennan, Andrea Powell, and Chaske Spencer.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn Part 2 photo: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.

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