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The final Twilight film got off to an expectedly huge start at the box office on Friday.

In its first 24 hours (well, really it’s first 26 hours including Thursday night shows) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 grossed a massive $71.2 million — just a touch behind the $71.6 million earned on Breaking Dawn – Part 1‘s opening day and a bit further behind the $72.7 million found by New Moon. Due to the up-front rush of Twihards on opening day, the film will fall hard over the rest of the weekend, but it should still finish the frame in the same range as its predecessors, taking in about $135-140 million.

Last weekend’s champ, Skyfall, stuck around in second place with $12.4 million, which puts it on pace for a $42 million weekend. That figure would represent a 53 percent decline from Skyfall‘s robust $88.4 million debut and give the Bond entry a ten day total of about $162 million. For perspective, consider this: At the ten-day mark of its run, Quantum of Solace had earned $108.8 million.

In third, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln performed better than most were expecting following its expansion from 11 theaters into 1,775 locations. (Side note: I know Abraham Lincoln had nothing to do with the American Revolution, but I still wish the theater count was 1,776.) Lincoln earned $6.4 million on its first day, which was slightly better than the first day of another adult-targeting Oscar contender, Argo, which grossed $5.9 million on the way to a $19.5 million weekend. Lincoln should finish the weekend a bit higher than that with around $21 million.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Wreck-It Ralph and Flight, which earned $4.5 million and $2.5 million, respectively. Wreck-It Ralph is headed to a likely $18.5 million frame, which would lift the Disney animation’s total to $121 million. Flight, meanwhile, should stay in the mix with about $8.5 million — good for a $61 million cume.

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

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