Summit estimates that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I will bring in $139.5 million domestically during its debut frame. The worldwide estimate is $283.5 million. The domestic opening comes painfully close to breaking the $142.8 million franchise record set by New Moon. Summit reports that 80% of the audience is female, and 60% is over 21. More than 52,000 Flixster users have combined to give Breaking Dawn - Part I a healthy 92% approval rating, but even with strong word of mouth on its side the film is bound to suffer a drastic decline next weekend.
Happy Feet Two is off to a very underwhelming start. WB's animated flick is on pace for only $22 million—a far cry from the $41.5 million opening of its 2006 predecessor. The sequel will face top opposition this coming week from The Muppets, Arthur Christmas and Hugo.
The Descendants is doing quite well at only 29 locations. The latest film from Alexander Payne managed to crack the top 10 even though it's playing at only a small fraction of the locations as other films that made the cut. Expect strong word of mouth—5,000 Flixster users have combined to deliver a solid 87% approval rating—and plenty of Oscar buzz to help turn the film into a certified hit in the weeks and months to come.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.