WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Over the Thanksgiving Day holiday last week, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 managed to just barely hold on to the spot with some stiff competition from Disney's new animated film, Tangled. With no new major releases this week, the "Rapunzel" movie was able to take down the young wizard and finally earn the top spot with $21.5 million.
Moving up one space from its debut last week to number one 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 55.9% from the week before, it was shown on 3,603 screens, earning $5,967 on each screen for a weekend total of about $21.5 million. In just two weeks the movie has earned around $96.4 million, which is not even half of its purported $260 million budget.
Falling one place from last week to number two, for the first time since it entered the charts almost two weeks ago, 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 65.9% from the week before, it was shown on 4,125 screens, earning $4,057 on each screen for a weekend total of about $16.7 million. In just two weeks the movie has earned around $244 million, which already places it 64th on the all-time highest grossing domestic movies list.
Actually moving up one place from its debut last 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). While the movie dropped 48.9% from the week before, it was shown on 3,037 screens, earning $2,009 on each screen for a weekend total of about $6.1 million. In just two weeks the movie has earned around $26.9 million, which is about half of its purported $55 million budget.
Also moving up one spot 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 46.6% from last week, it was shown on 31 less screens for a total of 3,152. The film earned $1,935 on each screen for a weekend total of about $6.1 million. In just over a month the movie has earned around $68.8 million, but still has to make more money in the next few weeks if it is going to earn back its entire $100 million production budget.
Rounding off the top five this week and moving up one notch from last week is the new comedy-drama, Love and Other Drugs. The film stars Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), Judy Greer (Barry Munday), Hank Azaria (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Gabriel Macht (The Spirit) and Oliver Platt (Flatliners). While the movie dropped 41.5% from the week before, it was shown on 2,458 screens, earning $2,319 on each screen for a weekend total of about $5.7 million. In just two weeks the movie has earned around $22.6 million, which puts it close to making back its entire purported $30 million budget.
Debuting in limited release this week and doing very well 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 $77,444 on each of its 18 screens for an opening weekend total of $1.3 million.
Continuing to do 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). While the film dropped 8.3% from last week, it was added in two theaters for a total of six and made $54,333 on each for a total of $326,000.
Next week will see the holiday season heat up with four highly anticipated new films in wide release.
First up next 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.
Also opening next week is Three Kings director David O. Russell new film, The Fighter. The movie is based on the true story of boxing champ Mickey Ward and stars an impressive cast of actors including Mark Wahlberg (The Other Guys), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Amy Adams (Leap Year) and Melissa Leo (Don McKay).
Next week will also see the opening of 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).
Finally, opening next week in limited release is the new film from Across the Universe director Julie Taymor, an adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play, The Tempest. The film stars an all-star cast, which includes Oscar winners Helen Mirren (Red) and Chris Cooper (The Town), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United), Djimon Hounsou (Constantine) and Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!