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Breaking Dawn Box Office Boffo, But New Moon Still No. 1

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Breaking Dawn Box Office Boffo, But New Moon Still No. 1 1Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the rest of the “Twilight” cast can expect a big payday. “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” reportedly grossed an impressive $283.5 million worldwide in its weekend debut, but fell short of the Twilight record.

Hopefully, by now, Rob and crew are tapped into back-end residuals from the blockbuster franchise, which has grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, not including the latest film.

Domestically, “Breaking Dawn” earned $139.5 million.

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That is just shy of the second film in the series “New Moon,” which earned $142 million domestically on its opening weekend. It remains No. 1.

The film rolled up an impressive $144 million in 54 overseas markets, according to tracking Web site Box Office Mojo.

The vampire romance, which also Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz, was panned by major critics.

Count Pattinson and Stewart among fans who are disappointed with the birth and sex scenes.

The stars said too much was cut from the scenes to keep the movie’s “PG-13” rating. As a result they may not accurately reflect the graphic book details.

“I wanted more from both of those,” Kristen said.

“[The birth scene] is what I’m really disappointed about,” Kristen added.

But fans were undeterred. Many theaters added extra showings to handle the overflow crowds.

Breaking Dawn, Part 1, is likely to end up the second highest grossing debut in the four-film “Twilight” series.

The original “Twilight,” which opened in Nov. 2008 was no schlep.

It grossed $69.6 million in 3,419 theaters, according to boxoffice mojo. It went on to gross $191.5 million, domestically.

The hype from the first movie propelled its sequel, “Twilight: New Moon,” to the No. 1 spot with an opening Nov. 2009 weekend gross of $142.8 million from 4,024 theaters. It went on to gross $296.6 million domestically.

“Twilight: Eclipse,” which opened in 2010 has been the most disappointing so far, relatively speaking.

It grossed $64.8 million on its opening weekend and $300.5 million during its 16-week domestic run in 4,468 theaters.

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