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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' scores $139.5 million opening - Fifth biggest of all time

It looks like Ryan wasn’t the only person seeing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 this weekend. The Vampire love saga raked in about $139.5 million, according to studio estimates. The debut was slightly less than the $142.7 million debut for The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. 80 percent of attendees were female and 60 percent were older than 21. This is about in line with New Moon, which had an 80 percent female opening, but higher than Eclipse, which opened with a 65 percent mix of the ladies. 

Breaking Dawn Part 1 had the fifth biggest opening of all time. Ahead of it is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which is the current leader with $169,189,427 earlier this year, followed by The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, and Twilight: New Moon

The success of Breaking Dawn Part 1 helped boost box office results 20 percent over this weekend last year, but Twilight was the only beneficiary of the surge. Happy Feet Two opened to a weak $22 million, behind its predecessor’s $41 million debut. The rest of the top 10 continued to consist of films that have mostly disappointed financially, except for The Descendants, which opened with more than $1 million even though it was only in 29 theaters. 

Weekend Box Office results for Nov. 18-20:

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - $139,500,000
  2. Happy Feet Two - $22,025,000
  3. Immortals - $12,252,000
  4. Jack and Jill - $12,000,000
  5. Puss in Boots - $10,725,000
  6. Tower Heist - $7,000,000
  7. J. Edgar - $5,900,000
  8. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas - $2,900,000
  9. In Time - $1,675,000
  10. The Descendants - $1,222,000

Hugo, Arthur Christmas, and The Muppets open next weekend. We’re looking forward to Jason Segal’s take on The Muppets and Hugo is an animated adventure from Martin Scorsese, so you can color us interested. 

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