WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Last week, Disney's new animated film, Tangled was able to unseat the reigning champ, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, after two weeks at the top of the charts. But with two highly anticipated new movies entering the box office race including, the third chapter of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader and new drama thriller, The Tourist starring Oscar nominee Johnny Depp and Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, will the Rapunzel film be able to come out on top for a second week in a row?
Debuting at number one this week is the third chapter of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. The film follows the adventures of Pevensie children as they make their third trip to the magical land of Narnia. The film stars Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Bill Nighy, Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson). The movie made $6,892 on each of its 3,555 screens for an opening weekend total of about $24.5 million.
Debuting at number two is week is the new drama thriller, The Tourist. The movie stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) and Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), as well as Timothy Dalton (Toy Story 3) and Rufus Sewell (Amazing Grace). The movie made $6,168 on each of its 2,756 screens for an opening weekend total of about $17 million.
Falling two places from last week to number three is Tangled, the 50th animated feature film from Walt Disney Pictures, based on the classic "Rapunzel" fairy tale. The movie stars a talented cast of voice actors including Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Donna Murphy (Star Trek: Insurrection), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). While the movie dropped 32.6% last week from the week before, it was shown on 3,565 screens, earning $4,084 on each screen for a weekend total of about $14.5 million. In just three weeks the movie has earned around $115.6 million, which is not even half of its purported $260 million budget.
Falling two spots from last week to number four is the long awaited final chapter of the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. The film features returning stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans. While the movie dropped 50.1% last week from the week before, it was shown on 3,577 screens, earning $2,376 on each screen for a weekend total of about $8.5 million. In just three weeks the movie has earned around $257.6 million, which already places it 55th on the all-time highest grossing domestic movies list.
Finally, rounding off the top five this week and slipping one place from last week to number five is the Tony Scott action movie Unstoppable. The movie stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee and Kevin Dunn. While the movie dropped 37.2% from last week from the week before, it was shown on 2,967 screens, earning $1,264 on each screen for a weekend total of about $3.7 million. In five weeks the movie has earned around $74.2 million, which is close to earning back its purported $100 million budget.
Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the new film from The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky called Black Swan, which examines the competitive world of ballet. The movie is already earning Oscar buzz for its lead actress, Natalie Portman (Garden State), and also stars Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli), Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Twelve) and Barbara Hershey (Beaches). The movie made a whopping $37,022 on each of its 90 screens for a second weekend total of $3.3 million.
Also doing well in limited release is the Oscar bait, The King's Speech. The film stars Colin Firth (Bridget Jones's Diary), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Guy Pearce (Memento), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl) and Michael Gambon (Layer Cake). The movie jumped up 82.3% from last week, since it was added in 13 theaters for a total of 19 and made $31,158 on each for a total of $592,000.
Next week will see the holiday season heat up with three highly anticipated new films in wide release and three in limited release.
First up in wide release is the sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 film, Tron, Tron: Legacy. The film picks up twenty-eight years after the first movie and stars the originals two leads Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), as well as Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), James Frain (True Blood) and Beau Garrett (Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer).
Also opening in wide release next week is the live-action version of the classic cartoon Yogi Bear. The movie stars the voice talent of Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers) and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network).
Finally, opening in wide release next week is the new comedy from Broadcast News director James L. Brooks called How Do You Know. The film stars an all-star cast, which includes Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man), Owen Wilson (Behind Enemy Lines) and three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets).
Opening in limited release next week is Casino Jack, which is based on the true story disgraced lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff. The film is directed by the late George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) and stars two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Barry Pepper (The 25th Hour), Jon Lovitz (Happiness) and Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire).
Also in limited release next week is the new film Rabbit Hole, which stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (Parenthood) and Sandra Oh (Sideways).
Finally, opening in limited release next week is Frankie & Alice. The movie stars Oscar winner Halle Berry (Catwoman), Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting), Matt Frewer (Watchmen) and Phylicia Rashad (For Colored Girls). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!