Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I continued to lead the box office on Thanksgiving Day. The seventh installment of Warner's fantasy franchise grossed an estimated $11.51 million on Thursday, bringing its total for Wednesday and Thursday to $25.98 million. At this rate Deathly Hallows: Part I is on pace for a first place five-day holiday gross in the area of $77.0 million. Deathly Hallows: Part I was down 20 percent from Wednesday as Thanksgiving Day declines were a bit larger than usual for family fare. Through seven days of release, Deathly Hallows: Part I has grossed an impressive $170.01 million. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and 10 percent behind last year's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Disney's Tangled remained in second on Thursday with $8.10 million. That brings the two-day start for Tangled to a better than expected $19.95 million (Wednesday's opening day ended up being a bit larger than originally estimated). Tangled was down a sharp 30 percent from Wednesday, but as mentioned, family films in general took big hits from the holiday. Tangled is currently running 36 percent ahead of 2007's Enchanted, which fell 17 percent on Thanksgiving Day. Given that Tangled seems to be skewing significantly younger, it should bounce back even bigger than Enchanted did on Black Friday. Tangled is currently on pace for a five-day start of $69.0 million, and should be within shouting distance of Harry Potter over the three-day weekend.
Fox's Unstoppable and Sony's Burlesque were neck and neck for third place with respective daily grosses of $2.53 million and $2.50 million. Unstoppable was up a healthy 33 percent over Wednesday, while Burlesque was down a reasonable 11 percent. Over the first two days of the five-day weekend, Burlesque has grossed $5.35 million and Unstoppable has grossed $4.43 million. Unstoppable should have the better 3-day weekend gross between the two, so look for both films to be neck and neck for fourth and fifth places over the five-day frame with grosses in the area of $15.5 million.
Megamind fell one spot and 25 percent from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $2.02 million. The computer animated film from Paramount and DreamWorks has grossed $4.70 million over Wednesday and Thursday. Like Tangled, Megamind should see a huge increase on Black Friday, and is still in great shape to take third place over the five-day weekend with roughly $18.5 million.
The weekend's other two wide releases, Fox's Love and Other Drugs and CBS Films' Faster, finished in sixth and seventh place respectively. Love and Other Drugs grossed $1.93 million (down 12 percent from Wednesday), while Faster grossed $1.91 million (up 21 percent). Respective two-day grosses stand at $4.18 million for Love and Other Drugs and $3.49 million for Faster. Love and Other Drugs is on pace to gross $14.2 million in its first five days and Faster is headed for $10.7 million.
Warner's Due Date has grossed $3.12 million over the past two days and is set to finish in eighth with $10.0 million over five days.
Please note that all daily grosses are estimates today.