WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
To nobody's surprise last weekend Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 dominated the box office by earning $125.1 million. That places it sixth on the list of all-time best opening weekends, right behind The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Iron Man 2, respectively. But with Thanksgiving Day this past week, the new releases all opened on Wednesday, giving them a head start on the competition ... and it may have helped. While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 did retain the top spot on the charts for a second week in a row with $50.3 million, Disney's new animated musical Tangled, came in a very close second with $49.1 million, almost upsetting the reigning champ.
Holding on to the number one spot for a second week in a row 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 59.7% from the week before, it was shown on 4,125 screens, earning $12,205 on each screen for a weekend total of about $50.3 million. In just two weeks the movie has earned around $220 million, which already places it 82nd on the all-time highest grossing domestic movies list.
Debuting at number two and coming very close to taking the top spot 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). The movie made $13,628 on each of its 3,603 screens for an opening weekend total of $49.1 million.
Falling one place from last week to number three is the super-hero themed animated family film MegaMind, which stars Will Ferrell (The Other Guys), Tina Fey (Baby Mama), Jonah Hill (Superbad) and Brad Pitt (Troy). While the movie dropped 19.8% from the week before, it was shown on 368 less screens for a total of 3,411. The film earned $3,767 on each screen for a weekend total of about $12.8 million. In just three weeks the movie has earned just over $130 million, earning back its entire $130 million production budget.
Debuting at number four this week is the new music and dance spectacular, Burlesque. The film stars an all-star cast of music and dance icons including Grammy winning recording artist Christina Aguilera, Oscar winner Cher (Moonstruck), Kristen Bell (You Again), Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United), Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy), Cam Gigandet (Twilight) and Peter Gallagher (American Beauty). The movie made $3,885 on each of its 3,037 screens for an opening weekend total of $11.8 million.
Rounding off the top five this week and falling two places from last week is the fifth film from director Tony Scott and actor Denzel Washington (Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) called Unstoppable. The film is based on the true story of a runaway train in Pennsylvania and also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek), Rosario Dawson (Sin City) and Kevin Dunn (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). While the movie dropped 9.7% from last week, it was shown on 26 less screens for a total of 3,183. The film earned $3,691 on each screen for a weekend total of about $11.7 million. In just three weeks the movie has earned around $60 million, but still has far to go in order to earn back its entire $100 million production budget.
Continuing to do well in limited release in its debut is the latest film
Debuting in limited release this week and doing very well 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 made $87,500 on each of its 4 screens for an opening weekend total of $350,000.
Continuing to do well in limited release in its debut is the latest film from Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle called 127 Hours. The film is based on the true story of a mountain climber who was forced to cut off his own arm in order to survive. The film stars James Franco (Milk) in the lead role and also features Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) and Lizzy Caplan (Hot Tub Time Machine). The movie rose an amazing 88.2% this week from the previous week and was shown on 185 additional screens. The film earned $5,887 on each of its 293 screens for a weekend total of $1.7 million.
Next week will see the opening of four new films in limited release.
First up next week, is the prison romance I Love You Phillip Morris, based on a true story. The movie stars Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer) and Leslie Mann (The 40 Year Old Virgin).
Also opening next week is the new romantic-drama/mystery from Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) called All Good Things. The film stars Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) and Frank Langella (Superman Returns), as well as Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Diane Venora (Heat), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia).
Next week will also see the opening of the new fantasy action film, The Warrior's Way. The film stars an impressive cast of Western and Eastern actors including Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Dong-gun Jang (Nowhere to Hide), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End).
Finally, opening next week in limited release 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). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!