‘Twilight – Breaking Dawn 2’ eclipses rivals with £215million debut

The final film in the vampire saga nets has a massive global opening weekend at the box office

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned an estimated $341millon (£215million) worldwide at the box office last weekend.

The fifth and final film in the vampire series, starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, took an impressive $141.3million at the US box office alone.

This now makes the film the eighth biggest movie debut in US cinema history, and places it ahead of Breaking Dawn Part 1, which earned $138.1million last year, but behind New Moon, which took a massive $161.3million in the domestic market.

Elsewhere, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, took in $41.5million at the weekend, taking its gross total to $161million and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earned $21million in its second week at the cinema.

Meanwhile, Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has seemingly dismissed the idea that she could ever reprise her role as Bella Swan in the future. In a video interview on NME.COM, which you can watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, Stewart said it was time for people to leave the character alone and “let her be happy”.

The final installment in the Twilight saga, titled Breaking Dawn – Part 2, got its UK premiere last week (November 14) and finally opened to the public on Friday (November 16). Last month, it was reported that the makers of Twilight are already hatching plans for a film or TV spin-off. This would not feature Pattinson and Stewart, but “merely [be] set in the same world as the one in the movies”.