Box Office Preview: 'Breaking Dawn' breaking huge

PAUL DERGARABEDIAN For The Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's been awhile since a film debuted with over $100 million, but the wait is over as Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" opens very wide at 4,000 theaters to take a huge bite out of the domestic box office.

The PG-13 film gets a head-start on the weekend, opening just past midnight on Friday, and a massive Friday-through-Sunday gross in excess of $130 million is expected.

"New Moon," the first film in the "Twilight" franchise, opened on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, and went on to earn $142.8 million in its first three days after posting a record single-day gross of $72.7 million. So far, "New Moon" and last summer's "Eclipse" have earned nearly $1.8 billion in global revenue.

Warner Bros.' PG-rated "Happy Feet Two" skates into 3,600-plus theaters this weekend, offering a perfect family alternative to the older-skewing vampire and werewolf tale. The original debuted at No. 1 on the same weekend in 2006 with $41.5 million, and the sequel should open with a gross of $30 million-plus.

Relativity Media's "Immortals 3-D" should conquer third place with receipts in the mid to high teens. In the wake of its surprisingly strong $32.2 million debut last weekend, the action-fantasy could earn about $60 million in North America by Sunday night.

After a second-place debut of $25 million last weekend, Adam Sandler's holiday-themed comedy "Jack and Jill" from Sony should end its sophomore session in the mid-teens for a total of about $40 million in its stocking so far.

Paramount/Dreamworks' "Puss in Boots" and Warner Bros.' "J. Edgar" will tangle for the fifth spot with potential grosses in the low teens.

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Paul Dergarabedian is president of the Box Office Division of Hollywood.com and provides box office analysis for The Associated Press.

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