Despite scathing reviews from various outlets The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 earned more than six times it’s nearest competitor this weekend with $139.5 million in domestic box office earnings.
That total makes the newest chapter in Stephanie Meyer’s book series the fifth biggest opening weekend movie of all time, yet it still fell short of the last installments $142.8 million weekend.
In second place was Happy Feet Two which took in just $22 million compared to a 2006 take of $41.6 million during the first week of release.
Rounding out the top five movies for the weekend were:
- Immortals, $12.3 million; down 62% in its second weekend.
- Jack and Jill, $12 million; also in its second weekend, down 52%.
- Puss in Boots, $10.7 million in its fourth weekend.
Does it surprise you to learn that Twilight did so well at the box office despite awful reviews and an ending that much like the final two Harry Potter movies left fans wishing they would have just made one longer movie?