‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' finale takes biggest bite at the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sun has set on the ‘‘Twilight'' franchise with one last blockbuster opening for the supernatural romance.

‘‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2'' sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, and leaves ‘‘Twilight'' with three of the top-10 openings, joining 2009's ‘‘New Moon'' (No. 7 with $142.8 million) and last year's ‘‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1'' (No. 9 with $138.1 million).

Last May's ‘‘The Avengers'' is No. 1 with $207.4 million. ‘‘Batman'' is the only other franchise with more than one top-10 opening: July's ‘‘The Dark Knight Rises'' (No. 3 with $160.9 million) and 2008's ‘‘The Dark Knight'' (No. 4 with $158.4 million).

Though ‘‘Twilight'' still is a female-driven franchise, with girls and women making up 79 percent of the opening-weekend audience, the finale drew the series' biggest male crowds with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner joining in a colossal battle to end the story of warring vampires and werewolves.

‘‘Our male audience particularly has enjoyed this film,'' said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Lionsgate, whose Summit Entertainment banner releases the ‘‘Twilight'' movies.

The movie also helped lift Lionsgate into the big leagues among Hollywood studios. Paced by its $400 million smash with ‘‘The Hunger Games'' and now the ‘‘Twilight'' finale, Lionsgate surpassed $1 billion at the domestic box office for the first time.

‘‘I thought that for the final installment, it might eclipse the franchise record, but to look at $141.3 million and say that's a disappointment, that's kind of crazy,'' said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

Sony's James Bond adventure ‘‘Skyfall'' slipped to second place with $41.5 million domestically in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $161.3 million.

The franchise's third film starring Daniel Craig as Bond, ‘‘Skyfall'' began rolling out overseas in late October and has hit $507.9 million internationally at the box office. The film's global total climbed to $669.2 million, helping to lift Sony to its best year ever with $4 billion worldwide, topping the studio's $3.6 billion haul in 2009.

‘‘Skyfall'' passed the previous franchise high of $599.2 million worldwide for 2006's ‘‘Casino Royale.''

Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis's Civil War drama ‘‘Lincoln'' expanded nationwide after a week in limited release and came in at No. 3 with $21 million. Distributed by Disney, ‘‘Lincoln'' lifted its domestic haul to $22.4 million.

The comic drama ‘‘Silver Linings Playbook,'' released by the Weinstein Co. and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro, got off to a good start in limited release, taking in $458,430 in 16 theaters for a solid average of $28,652 a cinema. By comparison, the ‘‘Twilight'' finale averaged $34,717 in 4,070 theaters.

Focus Features' period drama ‘‘Anna Karenina,'' starring Keira Knightley, also started well in limited release with $315,395 in 16 theaters, for an average of $19,712.

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