The question this weekend wasn’t whether Twilight: Breaking Dawn would have a good opening, it was just how big it would be. That question has now been answered with the latest in the series taking $139 million in its first three days in the US, and $283.5 million around the world. It’s the fifth biggest North American opening in history, but didn’t quite take the franchise record, which is still held by New Moon’s $142.8 million. It also scored the third biggest opening day gross ever, after the final Harry Potter and New Moon, taking $72 million in America on Friday.
The weekend’s other big opener didn’t have quite as much to cheer about, as Happy Feet Two landed with a rather tepid $22 million, about half what the first movie took when it opened. Warner knew they may face some competition for young females fromTwilight, but perhaps underestimated quite how much, as they’d predicted a $30 million plus opening.
However one other movie did outperform expectations – indeed going by per-theatre average, it outdid Breaking Dawn – and that’s George Clooney’s new movie The Descendants. The Hawaii set movie, directed by Sideways helmer Alexander Payne, took $1.2 million from only 27 screens. That’s a very impressive $42,000 per theatre, suggesting the film will do very well as it explands over the next few weeks.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of November 18th-20th, 2011.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1||$139.5||$139.5|
|2||Happy Feet Two||$22.0||$22.0|
|4||Jack And Jill||£12||$41.0|
|5||Puss In Boots||$10.7||$122.3|
|8||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||$2.9||$28.3|
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