'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1' earns $30.3 million at midnight showings

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The honeymoon ain’t over just yet!

Last night, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 grossed a staggering $30.3 million from Twihard-diehard midnight showings in 3,521 theaters, proving that America’s love affair with Bella, Edward, and Jacob is alive (or dead, or undead — I’m really not sure) and well.

The penultimate Twilight film began its run in line with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which earned just over $30 million (the exact figure is unknown) at midnight screenings in June 2010. For reference, New Moon pulled in $26.3 million at midnight in 2009.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 still holds the midnight record. The fantasy film earned $43.5 million at midnight on its way to a record-setting $169.2 million opening weekend earlier this year. Breaking Dawn might not reach that high, but its still headed to the box office stratosphere. John Young is predicting a $148 million frame.

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Read more:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 review
‘Breaking Dawn’ midnight screening: Blood, sweat, and tears (and, of course, a movie)
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