For the twelfth time over the past 13 days, Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I led the daily box office on Wednesday. The latest Harry Potter film grossed $1.94 million, which was down a reasonable 15 percent from Tuesday. Deathly Hallows was down 87 percent from last Wednesday, as yesterday's grosses in general were down sharply from Thanksgiving Eve grosses last Wednesday. Deathly Hallows: Part I has grossed $225.61 million through 13 days of release and continues to run 9 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Disney's Tangled remained in second place for the day with $1.36 million. The break-out computer animated film was down 20 percent from Tuesday and down 89 percent from last Wednesday's opening day performance. Given its appeal with family audiences, it has been no surprise that midweek grosses have come down to Earth for Tangled this week. The film should pick up in a big way over the weekend to take away first place from Harry Potter. Tangled has grossed a better than expected $73.53 million through eight days of release and is currently running 40 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Enchanted.
Sony's Burlesque held steady in third place with $0.82 million. Like Tangled, Burlesque was also down 20 percent from Tuesday. The Screen Gems musical starring Cher and Christina Aguilera was down 71 percent from last Wednesday. Burlesque topped the $20 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $20.03 million through its first eight days. That places Burlesque 7 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Rent at the same point in its run (a lead which continues to grow).
Love and Other Drugs continued to display solid holding power as it was down 14 percent from Tuesday. The Fox release starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway grossed $0.73 million to remain in fourth. Love and Other Drugs was down 67 percent from last Wednesday and has now grossed $16.19 million through eight days of release. The film is currently running 10 percent ahead of 2007's August Rush and 30 percent behind 2008's Australia.
Fellow Fox release Unstoppable was up one spot to round Wednesday's top five with $0.55 million. The Denzel Washington vehicle was down 18 percent from Tuesday and down 71 percent from last Wednesday. Unstoppable has grossed $62.25 million through 20 days, giving it a solid total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.74 to 1.