Friday Box Office – THE TWILIHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 Grabs $72 Million on Opening Day

     November 19, 2011

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 1 poster slice

Ah, Twilight Saga. How I’ve missed you. It’s been seventeen months since Eclipse, the last entry in the record-breaking series, sent breathless crowds of Twi-hards into theatres. And given the disappointing year we’ve been having, I had to wonder whether Breaking Dawn Part 1 would inspire the same level of box office devotion that I remember. My answer appears to be a resounding ‘hell yes.’ The penultimate pic of The Twilight Saga captured a series-best $30.3 million from its midnight launch and a first day estimate of $72 million. That total falls between 2010’s Eclipse ($68.5) and 2009’s New Moon ($72.7) and, if accurate, would give Breaking Dawn Part 1 the third-highest opening day in box office history. It also puts the film on track for a weekend of $140 million, an achievement on par with New Moon’s $142.8 million series record. Strangely enough, another big sequel gambled on opening opposite Breaking Dawn Part 1. Happy Feet Two earned an opening day estimate of $5.9 million, putting the 3D family film on track for a $21 million weekend or roughly half of its predecessor’s 2006 debut. Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $72,000,000 $72
2 Happy Feet Two $5,900,000 $5.9
3 Immortals $3,800,000 $44.5
4 Jack and Jill $3,500,000 $32.5
5 Puss In Boots $3,400,000 $115
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