Breaking Dawn scored the fifth best opening weekend of all time, taking in a whopping $139.5 million since it opened Thursday at midnight. A bulk of the film’s ticket sales occurred on the official opening day. Friday saw the film (check out our Breaking Dawn review) sell $72 million at the box office, followed by $40.7 million on Saturday and $26.8 million on Sunday.
It has been a long time since we’ve had a film open at over $100 million, the figure most movies aspire to achieve as a total gross. The Twilight Saga’s fourth film also opened globally and posted impressive numbers there as well. The film earned $144 million globally, giving it a total take for its opening weekend of an astounding $283.5 million.
Not-so-close behind was Happy Feet 2 with $22 million. The first Happy Feet bowed in 2006 and took the top spot at that time with $41.5 million. Third place belonged to Relativity’s The Immortals, last week’s number one. The Immortals added another $12.2 million to its haul to bring the Greek mythology tale to a $53 million total.
Fourth place found the yearly Adam Sandler movie, this year it’s Jack and Jill, adding another $12 million to its earnings, bringing its total to $41 million.
And the Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots continued its impressive box office run that began with two straight weeks at number one. This past weekend, Puss in Boots sold $10.7 million for a total box office haul of $122 million.
Of note in this box office report is the tenth place finish of George Clooney’s latest, the Oscar worthy film The Descendants. The five-star film (check out our Descendants review) earned $1.2 million. But if you look at those numbers, it could be on track to be a big blockbuster for director Alexander Payne. The film is only showing in 29 theaters. That’s an impressive amount of money ($42,150 per theater) and should only increase as the film moves into wider release in the coming weeks.
The box office top 10:
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, $139.5 million
2. Happy Feet Two, $22 million
3. Immortals, $12.3 million
4. Jack and Jill, $12 million
5. Puss in Boots, $10.7 million
6. Tower Heist, $7 million
7. J. Edgar, $5.9 million
8. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, $2.9 million
9. In Time, $1.7 million
10. The Descendants, $1.2 million