The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 grossed an estimated $139.5 million in its first weekend of release, just below New Moon's opening weekend record of $142.7 million two years ago. Breaking Dawn still managed to become the fifth-biggest box office opening of all time.
Another new sequel, Happy Feet Two, premiered to less impressive numbers, with $22 million (the first opened to $41.5 million in 2006).
Rounding out the top 10: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (No. 8, $2.9 million), In Time (No. 9, $1.6 million) and George Clooney's latest film, The Descendants (No. 10, $1.2 million, though at just 29 theaters).