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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' breaks UK box office records

Still of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 2011 film, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' (Photo by Andrew Cooper, courtesey of Summit Entertainment)

November 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" broke the U.K. box office records over the weekend with 13.9 million pounds, which amounts to $21.8 million.

According to U.K. and Irish distributor Entertainment One, this marks the biggest-ever opening for an American film in the U.K., fifth behind the British Harry Potter and James Bond series.

The fourth film in the "Twilight" series also had the best-ever U.K. 2D opening day Friday, surpassing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" by grossing 6.35 million pounds ($9.9 million) to Potter's 5.9 million pounds ($9.2 million).

"Breaking Dawn Part 1" now has the biggest opening for a film in the U.K. in 2011.

The film, which is directed by Bill Condon, stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.