Los Angeles - The new Twilight vampire movie scored big at the weekend box office with a massive $139.5m in US and Canadian ticket sales, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.
The weekend total beat expectations from production studio Summit Entertainment for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1.
The movie is the first of a two-part finale for the hugely popular series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.
Happy Feet Two, a 3D animated sequel about dancing penguins, finished in second place with $22.0m at domestic theatres.
Action movie Immortals, a tale of battle set in ancient Greece, generated $12.3m for third place.
Privately held Summit Entertainment released Breaking Dawn.
Happy Feet Two was distributed by Time Warner Inc unit Warner Bros.
Privately held Relativity Media released Immortals.
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