Twilight takes big box office bite

The new Twilight vampire movie opened with a massive $283.5m (£180.1m) in worldwide ticket sales over the weekend as passionate fans filled theatres for the beginning of a two-part finale for the hugely popular supernatural love story.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” captured an estimated $139.5m in the United States and Canada, distributor Summit Entertainment said yesterday. That ranked as the fifth biggest domestic opening of all time. Internationally, "Breaking Dawn" added $144m in 54 countries over the weekend. The movie’s performance beat studio forecasts for the film, which shows human Bella wedding vampire Edward and becoming pregnant. Summit had predicted as much as $125m domestically.