UPDATE: Final numbers released Monday put Breaking Dawn Part 2's opening weekend at $141.1 million.
The Twilght's franchise's final opening weekend was not unlike its first one: massive.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 will have grossed $141.3 million since opening Thursday night, its studio estimated Sunday.
Its three-day-plus take is nearly equal to the one by Breaking Dawn Part 1, and just below that of the franchise record-holder, New Moon.
If estimates hold, the gross will be the eighth-largest opening weekend on record as stat keepers are counting the film's Thursday night-Friday a.m. business as its opening-day business (likely because those are the only numbers available). Taken 2, which also screened at 10 p.m., Thursday in advance of its midnight shows, similarly enjoyed an opening-day-enhanced bounce.
Breaking Dawn Part 2's reported opening weekend is the fourth-biggest of a hit-and-miss year that hit very big when it hit. Of 2012's mega-blockbusters, it ranks behind The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games.
Some more factoids:
Overall, it was a huge weekend for Hollywood, and not only because of Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Skyfall ($41.5 million) held up, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln ($21 million) made a bigger-than-expected wide-release debut, and Wreck-It Ralph ($18.3 million) continued to roll.
In limited release, Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook ($458,430 at 16 theaters, per Exhibitor Relations) and Anna Karenina ($315,395 also at 16 locations) got off to great starts.
All told, ticket sales were up nearly 50 percent from last weekend.
Here's a rundown of the top 10 all-time opening weekends, as compiled per BoxOfficeMojo.com numbers:
(Originally published at 9:05 a.m. PT on Nov. 18, 2012.)