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Breaking Dawn Part 2 Makes $72 Million Friday, But Won’t Beat New Moon

Morning star … Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 could in many ways be the biggest film of the Twilight franchise.

What’s with the enormous battle scene, the many vampires coming in from all over the world to help Bella and Edward, and of course, the “they lived happily ever after” ending.

But it won’t be the biggest at the box office, at least in its opening weekend.

Though Breaking Dawn Part 2 made an estimated $72 million on Friday, it’s not likely to be enough to beat the record $142.8 million that the second installment, New Moon, made in 2009.

The question now, according to Deadline, is whether Breaking Dawn Part 2 can slip past the $138.1 million made by Part 1 last year.

No matter what the franchise is clearly going out on top, but it’s interesting to see Breaking Dawn fail to follow the pattern of the Harry Potter films, in which the final movie in the series made by far the most money.