By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)Breaking Dawn broke big.

Installment number four in the Twilight series of vampire fantasies — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 — earned just under $140-million, not only finishing first on its debut weekend, but scoring the fifth biggest weekend opening in movie history.

Another new attraction — the animated sequel, Happy Feet Two — took second place with an otherwise solid first-weekend total of $22-million.

Returnees Immortals, Jack and Jill, and Puss in Boots rounded out the top five, each tallying over $10-million.

But the multiplex story this weekend was Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the many fans of which will now have to wait a full year for Part 2.

Thanks mostly to Breaking Dawn, industry-wide totals were significantly ahead of those on last year’s counterpart weekend.

Reported by Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio 1060

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