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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' debut nets $283.5M worldwide

Still of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 2011 film, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' (Photo by Andrew Cooper, courtesey of Summit Entertainment)

November 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The "Twilight" franchise staked out yet another huge opening.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" topped this weekend's box office with $139.5 million domestically and $283.5 million worldwide.

The domestic total gives the movie the second-best debut weekend for the franchise, following the $142.8 million launch for 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

Opening in 54 overseas markets, "Breaking Dawn" pulled in $144 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Trailing "Twilight" at the box office this weekend was "Happy Feet 2" with $22 million.

The top 10 movies of the weekend were:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," $139.5 million ($144 million international)
2. "Happy Feet 2," $22 million ($2.6 million international).
3. "Immortals," $12.3 million ($11.9 million international).
4. "Jack and Jill," $12 million ($1.6 million international).
5. "Puss in Boots," $10.7 million ($2.4 million international).
6. "Tower Heist," $7 million ($4.5 million international).
7. "J. Edgar," $5.9 million.
8. "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," $2.9 million.
9. "In Time," $1.7 million ($4.2 million international).
10. "The Descendants," $1.2 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.