Noncoding RNAs are key regulators in the Warburg Effect, an emerging hallmark of cancer. We intended to investigate the role and mechanism of circular RNA hsa_circ_0052611 (circ_0052611) and microRNA (miR)-767-5p in breast cancer (BRCA) hallmarks, especially the Warburg Effect. Expression of circ_0052611 and SCAI was downregulated, and miR-767-5p was upregulated in human BRCA tissues and cells; moreover, circ_0052611 acted as a miR-767-5p sponge to modulate the expression of miR-767-5p-targeted SCAI. Functionally, re-expressing circ_0052611 suppressed migration, invasion, glucose uptake, lactate production, and extracellular acidification rate (ECAR) in BRCA cells, and promoted apoptotic rate. These effects were accompanied by decreased Vimentin, N-cadherin, Bcl-2, and LDHA, and increased E-cadherin and Bax. Consistently, exhausting miR-767-5p exerted similar effects in BRCA cells. High miR-767-5p could counteract the role of circ_0052611 overexpression, and low SCAI likewise blocked the role of miR-767-5p deletion. In vivo, upregulating circ_0052611 delayed tumor growth of BRCA cells by altering miR-767-5p and SCAI expression. circ_0052611/miR-767-5p/SCAI axis might boycott the malignancy of BRCA cells.© 2023. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.