‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1’ brings in $30.3 from midnight screenings


View Photo Gallery: Fans and cast members arrived for the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” isn’t breaking box office records — yet.

The latest chapter in vampire saga brought in $30.25 million from midnight showings at 3,521 locations, according to Summit Entertainment. This beat the franchise record set by “Eclipse,” but failed to surpass the $43.5 million record set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.”

While the film contains scenes that have Twi-hards squealing (honeymoon coitus! vampire baby birth!), it’s elicited mostly groans from critics. The Post’s Mark Jenkins gave “Breaking Dawn” one-and-a-half stars, writing, “The latest movie regresses a bit, delivering more filler, less feeling and crummier CGI than last year's ‘Eclipse.’ ” This feeling is in keeping with the film’s 22 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In spite of the negative reviews, “Breaking Dawn” seems poised to take in at least $142 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and maybe the No. 1 spot at the box office.

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