$340M! ‘Twilight’ shines, shatters box office record

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The latest "Twilight" movie took a bite out of the competition, making over $340 million worldwide on its opening weekend

"The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2" took a massive bite out of the competition this weekend, raking in over $340 million worldwide on its opening weekend.

The final installment in the vampire love saga brought in $141 million domestically, making it the eighth-biggest U.S. film opening of all time. The franchise's second film "New Moon" was the only one to have bigger opening weekend numbers with $142 million in 2009.

The film -- which stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner -- is expected to gross in the $700 million mark when all is said and done, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Read more: Photos: 'Twilight' stars all over the world 

The film has garnered mostly positive reviews from audiences, garnering an 88% "fresh" rating from filmgoers on RottenTomatoes.com, with critics split decidedly in half, with only 49% giving the film a thumbs up.

While the stars of the film may be cheering the massive box office numbers, franchise star Stewart has some extra good news this morning.  RadarOnline is reporting that she will be back for the "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel despite her torrid affair with the married director Rupert Sanders over the summer. Unfortunately for Sanders, his career isn't faring as well as Stewart's post-scandal since he will not be returning to direct the film sequel.

Stewart and Sanders were caught in a cheating scandal months ago that threatened to derail both their personal lives and professional careers, but Stewart has bounced back after a massive PR blitz and public apology to boyfriend and "Twilight" co-star, Pattinson. The on- and off-screen pair, who were reported to have broken up after the scandal broke, have been spotted back together just in time for the opening of their latest flick looking rather cozy on red carpets around the world.

Read more: Is Kristen Stewart's career in jeopardy?

Looks like Stewart's cheating scandal may have just been a speed bump in her road to major Hollywood success.

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