Breaking Dawn: Part 1 owned the penguins, the Immortals and the weekend.
It just didn't own its own record book.
The new Twilight movie grossed $139.5 million, per Sunday estimates, the fifth-biggest, opening-weekend debut in Hollywood history.
In fourth place on the all-time list—still: New Moon, which made off with nearly $143 million in 2009.
If Breaking Dawn: Part 1 fell shy of setting a franchise record that most box-office handicappers thought it would have, then it didn't fall short elsewhere.
In the box-office race, domestic division, it lorded over a weak CGI sequel, Happy Feet Two, and a one-and-done box-office champ, Immortals. Overseas, it was a bigger force than any previous Twilight film, grossing $144 million.
Overall, the $110 million movie is already projected to have grossed $283.5 million worldwide.
And that, judging by Box Office Mojo stats, actually is a Twilight record.
Elsewhere, George Clooney's Oscar-buzz comedy-drama, The Descendants, looked like a winner, cracking the Top 10 and the $1million mark despite playing at fewer than 30 theaters. (Breaking Dawn played at more than 4,000.)
In its second weekend, Adam Sandler's infamous Jack and Jill didn't drop like a stone, but didn't look like it was going to top $100 million domestically, either. Right now, it's at about $41 million, or about $20 million behind the pace of Just Go With It, which itself just barely kept Sandler's streak of nine-figure-grossing comedies alive.
Footloose and Paranormal Activity 3 both dropped out of the Top 10. The remake goes out with more $50 million in the domestic bank; the sequel, with $100 million-plus.
Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, as compiled from the studios' domestic estimates and other sources: