‘Twilight’ takes nearly $300 million globally on opening weekend

But 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1's numbers have not quite eclipsed those of 'New Moon'

Twilight has taken a staggering global total of $283.5 million (£181 million) on its opening weekend.

Breaking Dawn – Part 1 has halted a box office slump at the US box office, with $139.5 million (£123 million) of the total coming from domestically. The supernatural smash contributed to an overall movie-going take of $222 million (£141 million) in the US, up 14% from last year’s total, according to Deadline.

The numbers mean that the new movie has recorded the fifth best opening weekend of all time, as well as the third best-ever single day for its Friday opening, which took $72 million (£46 million).

Breaking Dawn – Part 1 had a budget of $110 million (£70 million), the highest ever of the franchise. It has not yet exceeded New Moon‘s opening numbers ($142.8 million (£91 million) domestically and $296 million (£188 million) globally), but since the box office has been seen as being in a slump for the past four months, the film is being seen as a huge success.

The Twilight Saga has so far grossed over $1 billion internationally to date. Watch the trailer for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 at the top of the page.Video