Breaking Dawn - franchise's highest earner?

In their first announcement as heads of Lionsgate's motion picture group, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger revealed that the fourth "Twilight" film has passed $700 million in worldwide grosses.

The duo said The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 will become the highest earner of the franchise so far, surpassing the $709.8 million worldwide cume from the third pic, "New Moon."

This gives the vampire tentpoles a combined worldwide gross of $2.5 billion with the finale, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," due out Nov. 16. "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," which hasn't yet opened theatrically in China and Japan, will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on Feb. 11.

Wall Streeters expect Summit's "Twilight" franchise to inject $500 million of fresh cash into Lionsgate over the next five years.