11/19/11

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Draws $30 million at Midnight (US)

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" drew $30.25 million in box office blood at midnight screenings on Friday, eclipsing its predecessor and giving it a strong start to the weekend.

The film, which is the first part of the final segment in the series of films about a young woman and her bloodsucking lover, is expected to bring in upward of $140 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices over its opening weekend.

The series, which is based on the popular "Twilight" novels by Stephenie Meyer, is one of Hollywood's most lucrative franchises. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" debuted in June 2010, and raked in $30.1 million in midnight showings. It went on to suck nearly $700 million from worldwide box offices.

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