'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' slays box office with $71.2 million and $162.2 worldwide
That's just shy of "Breaking Dawn 1's" 2011 domestic open of $138 million; "New Moon" set the franchise record in 2009 with $142.8 million.
Friday's numbers include the $30.4 million "Breaking Dawn 2" earned from its Thursday-night shows.
Overseas, the vampire romance starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart has already brought in a staggering $91 million, for a worldwide total to $162 million.
In its second week, "Skyfall," the James Bond thriller starring Daniel Craig, earned $12.3 million. Its expected weekend numbers of $39 million would bring the latest 007 installment's overall domestic gross to $132 million.
"Lincoln," which opened wide after a limited release last week, nabbed the No. 3 spot with $6.3 million. Steven Spielberg's awards frontrunner is expected to best predictions with $22 million for the weekend.
"Wreck-It Ralph," the animated video-game flick from Disney, earned another $4.4 million for a projected total of $19 million in its third weekend, while Denzel Washington's "Flight" followed with $2.5 million for a weekend estimate of $8.5 million weekend.