It’s been awhile since we’ve had a film debut with over $100 million, but the wait is over as Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” debuts with $139,500,000 – the fifth best opening weekend of all-time! Starting at 12:01am on Friday, the film got a head start on the weekend with the second biggest midnight gross of $30.25 million and then went on to generate the third best single-day gross ever with $72 million. Internationally in 54 territories the film earned $144 million for a worldwide weekend total of $283.5 million. It is clear that there is no further proof necessary that teenage girls can rule the box office with fully 80% of the “Breaking Dawn” box office being generated by females. With the addition of these latest figures, the franchise has now topped the $2 billion mark in worldwide box office.
Friday – $72 million
Saturday – $40.7 million
Sunday – $26.8 million
“New Moon” which opened on Friday November 20, 2009, went on to earn $142.8 million in its first 3 days after posting a then-record single day gross of $72.7 million in the wake of $27.27 million in midnight grosses alone. The last installment “Eclipse” opened on a Wednesday in the summer of 2010 and generated $68.5 million in its first day with a record $30 million plus in midnight screenings and a weekend gross of $64.8 million.
The rest of the weekend breaks down as follows:
Warner Bros. “Happy Feet Two,” the follow up to “Happy Feet” which debuted on the same weekend in 2006 at number one with $41.5 million, skated into 3,606 theaters. Offering a perfect alternative for families and kids to the older-skewing vampire and werewolf tale, the cute PG-rated penguins made their mark with a gross of $22 million for a second place finish.
This put Relativity Media’s “Immortals 3-D” in third place with a gross of $12.2 million. In the wake of a solid and better-than-expected number one debut last weekend of $32.2 million, the action-fantasy starring Henry Cavill and Luke Evans, has a stockpile of $53 million in North American revenues to date and even more overseas.
After a second place debut of $25 million, Adam Sandler’s PG-rated holiday-themed comedy “Jack and Jill” from Sony will enter its sophomore session with around $30 million already in the stocking. $12 million for Friday through Sunday pushed it to around $41 million by the end of the weekend.
Paramount/Dreamworks’ family film juggernaut “Puss in Boots” took the fifth spot with $10.7 million and has rung up a healthy $122.3 million to date.
Fox Searchlight’s Oscar contender “The Descendants” starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne had a stellar debut with $1.2 million for a 10th place debut in just 29 theaters. The film will expand in the coming weeks and should generate huge buzz and strong box office numbers through the holidays.
Top Movies for Weekend of November 18, 2011 (Estimates)
Movie Weekend Gross Total to Date
1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (PG13) $139.5M $139.5M
2 Happy Feet Two (PG) $22.0M $22.0M
3 Immortals (R) $12.2M $53.0M
4 Jack and Jill (PG) $12.0M $41.0M
5 Puss in Boots (PG) $10.7M $122.3M