November 21, 2011 by Vinnie Leduc
All you Harry Potheads out there can breathe a sigh of relief because your records are safe. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 topped the weekend domestic box office with the second biggest opening of 2011 (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2) and the fifth biggest ever behind Deathly Hallows Pt 2, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The latest entry in the supernatural romance series scored $138.1 million, the third best Friday opening ever, behind the last Harry Potter and New Moon. Its international take was even bigger, at $144 million.
Twihards in the states pushed reigning champ Immortals to third place and took a large bite out of Happy Feet Two‘s debut, which landed in second but substantially beneath industry expectations. This isn’t good news for the penguins, especially when this week’s Thanksgiving and next month’s holiday releases are rife with family films, many of them also computer animated and available in 3D.
Here were the top 5 in the domestic box office last weekend via BOM:
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 — Weekend Gross: $138.1 million — Total Gross: $138.1 million (new)
- Happy Feet Two — Weekend Gross: $21.2 million — Total Gross: $21.2 million (new)
- Immortals — Weekend Gross: $12.4 million — Total Gross: $53.1 million (#1 last week)
- Jack and Jill — Weekend Gross: $11.7 million — Total Gross: $40.8 million (#2 last week)
- Puss in Boots — Weekend Gross: $10.8 million — Total Gross: $122.4 million (#3 last week)