It's been difficult to avoid 'Twilight' this summer, what with the love lives of its stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart all over the papers, and fans full of anticipation ahead of the final instalment in the series 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'.
It'll be evern more impossible to avoid this weekend, as the film is set to bite its way into the list of the top ten opening movies of all time.
To get a feel of how big the 'Twilight 'finale will be, just take a look at the final 'Harry Potter' film, 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2', which cast a spell on audiences to reach a franchise record of $169 million on debut.
'Harry Potter' is arguably comparable to 'Twilight', as it's made a comparable amount per film as the series has made more than $7.7billion in the US from eight movies, while 'Twilight' has made $2.5bn from four.
According to Fandango.com, 92% of ticket sales this weekend in the States have been for the vamp series, as audiences flock to get a final look at Pattinson, Stewart and co-star Taylor Lautner together.
So far the finale is the best reviewed movie of the series, with 56%, hinting that repeat viewings and non Twi-hard customers may be a possibility.
The film also has an extra advantage; it opened at 10pm on Thursday in the US, meaning that cinemas can cram more screenings into their weekend schedules, rather than if it opened with a midnight screening.
According to MTV, Jeff Bock, the box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations said: "It's doubtful it will see a $44 million injection between final installments like 'Harry Potter,' but 'Part 2' will easily surpass the $138 million opening of 'Part 1,'" he added: "In 4,070 theaters, expect $150 million plus, which would place it #7 on the best openings of all time list."
However despite those astonishing figures, the movie won't have things all its own way this weeekend, as latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall' is set to put up a fight after breaking records of its own.
'Breaking Dawn' is a racing certainty to make it to number 1, but according to Bock, 'Skyfall' could still make a very respectable $40m.
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