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‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Earns $72 Million on First Day

The latest “Twilight” movie earned an estimated $72 million on its first day at U.S. and Canadian theaters, setting it up with another “Twilight” film for the second-biggest single-day gross.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” the fourth of Summit Entertainment LLC’s vampire films, opened yesterday and may make as much as $140 million in three days, according to a statement from Box-Office.

“Breaking Dawn” is expected to gross $300 million in the film’s domestic theater run, it said. The latest film took in $30.3 million in midnight showings.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2” took in $91.1 million in its debut, which is the single-day record. “Twilight Saga: New Moon” had $72.7 million in 2009.

The movie will be shown on an estimated 4,000 screens, according to Box Office Mojo. The only other movie debut to earn more than $100 million this year was “Deathly Hallows -- Part 2,” with $169.2 million in its opening weekend in mid-July.

“Breaking Dawn,” based on the final novel by Stephenie Meyer, has been divided into two films, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. In “Part 1,” Bella Swan, played by Stewart, marries Pattinson’s character, vampire Edward Cullen, and becomes pregnant.

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