With the early box office estimates out for the weekend of Nov. 18-20, Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 is the unmitigated winner, coming in at over $100 million ahead of runner up Happy Feet Two, stateside. Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob's (Taylor Lautner) vampire and werewolf drama couldn't, however, beat the magic of Harry Potter, as it only boasts the second biggest opening day for 2011.
Box Office Top Ten: Nov. 18-20
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 $6 million
8. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas $3 million
9. In Time $1.7 million
10. Paranormal Activity 3 $1 million
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part I came in just shy of predecessor New Moon's $142.8 million opening, according to early estimates from Summit. With a $283.5 million worldwide opening haul, however, the penultimate Twilight installment certainly performed.
Breaking Dawn is getting good word of mouth, but chances are the initial Twi-hard box office crush won't last. Thanksgiving may bring in another healthy addition, but nothing like the mad rush of the opening,,
For those keeping count, all the films of The Twilight Saga have banked over a $1 billion in the international market, to date, with Twilight's haul at around $200 million, New Moon's at around $416 million and Eclipse's edging up to $400 million.
Happy Feet Two and the rest of the box office riff raff
All the Bella, Edward and Jacob love meant trouble for the rest of the box office competition, especially Happy Feet Two.
The animated sequel opened at almost 50 percent lower than the 2006 original. Whether or not Twilight takes a fall Thanksgiving weekend, Happy Feet Two will have to contend with new family-friendly releases The Muppets, Arthur Christmas and Hugo.
There wasn't much box office action for the rest of the riff raff, either. Immortals, Jack and Jill and Puss in Boots barely broke $10 million to close out the top five, while Tower Heist, J. Edgar, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, In Time and Paranormal Activity 3 sputtered into the bottom five.
One limited release film to keep a watch on is George Clooney's The Descendants. The dramedy, which is based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and also stars Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Shailene Woodley, made quite a commotion, generated good buzz and a decent bank, while only showing in 29 theaters.
Next Weekend: The Muppets, Hugo, Arthur Christmas
SheKnows has the scoop on Thanksgiving's big movie releases, including reviews and exclusive interviews from Jason Segel's The Muppets, Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Arthur Christmas, all dropping Nov. 23.
Turkey week limited releases include Michelle Williams' much-hyped My Week with Marilyn; as well as the Stephen Dorff and Maria Bello thriller Carjacked; the Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Sigourney Weaver crime drama Rampart; the Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley dramatic thriller A Dangerous Method and the French romance The Artist.
Keep your eye out this week for more SheKnows movie reviews, set visits and exclusive chats.
Image courtesy of Summit and Disney