It was a photo finish between Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Disney’s Tangled in the second highest Thanksgiving weekend ever in North America. The rest of the new releases left a bit to be desired but more of everything after the break.
So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 won the weekend, just like everyone expected but here’s the thing, Tangled came very very close to a massive surprise. The movie that was expected to make about $35 million over the first 5 days (it opened on a Wednesday, like all the other releases last week) made almost twice as much. So how much did Potter make? $49 million, maybe a bit of a steep drop but considering the holiday and the strong weekdays that lead to it, things don’t seem as bad anymore. $223.6 million in 12 days and Harry Potter 7 is surpassed by none in the series for the same number of days, second in line being Half-Blood Prince with $221.2 million in 12 days. Worldwide Potter continues to dominate and has achieved $606.6 million so far. In North America it looks like it will finish around $300 million while worldwide $950 seems to be mark right now.
Tangled, as mentioned before, was probably the highlight of the weekend with $48.7 million and $72.1 million after 7 days. Extremely well received by both audiences and critics alike, Tangled is sure to have a good life at the box office over the coming weeks.
Megamind was 3rd, yet another animated movies, that time of the year I guess (actually in the last few years that time of the year happened an awful lot, but I can’t complain since most of the animated movies out there far surpass the live-action stuff we get on a daily basis). With $12.5 million and $131 million in 26 days, as expected, Megamind is headed for over $150 million.
Burlesque, the other new release, made $11.9 million and is at $19.2 million after 7 days. Somewhat underwhelming but this could have decent legs over the holiday season, or not.
Unstoppable was 5th with the smallest drop in the top 10, only 12.1% for $11.4 million. The Denzel Washington – Tony Scott action flick is at $61.6 million and with good world of mouth it will finish above $80 million. They were probably aiming for $100 million but considering the not so great opening weekend it had, it could have gone worse.
The last releases of the week were Love and Other Drugs in 6th with $9.7 million and Faster in 7th with $8.5 million. Now wait until you see how much faster Faster can drop out of the top 10. Sorry for that last line but I really had to get it out of my system.