Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I switched spots at the box office this weekend.

‘Tangled’ Moves Into First Place

on December 06, 2010 by Daniel Garris

After debuting in second place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Disney's Tangled was able to move up into first place this weekend. The big-budget computer animated film grossed $21.61 million, which was down a reasonable 56 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. That did represent a sharper decline than the 52 percent 2007's Enchanted fell during its second weekend, but with a better than expected twelve-day gross of $96.57 million, Tangled is still running an impressive 38 percent ahead of the pace of Enchanted. Tangled is set to clear the $100 million mark by the end of the mid-week.

Internationally, Tangled grossed $26.0 million from 15 foreign territories this weekend. That brings the film's international total to $45.8 million and places its worldwide total at $142.4 million. Given the high price-tag of Tangled, the film's international performance will be especially important going forward.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I slid a hefty 65 percent and one spot to claim second place with $17.02 million. The fantasy sequel from Warner Bros. experienced a nearly identical decline to the 64 percent Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fell during the same timeframe back in 2005. With a 17-day gross of $244.52 million, Deathly Hallows: Part I is running 7 percent ahead of the pace of Goblet of Fire, but that lead continues to shrink. Deathly Hallows: Part I could experience another significant decline next weekend when Fox's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader enters the marketplace.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I held up better internationally this weekend, where it grossed $54.8 million from 63 territories. That brings the film's international total to $469.7 million and worldwide total to $714.2 million. Key foreign grosses this weekend included $9.2 million in France, $5.5 million the United Kingdom, $5.4 million in Japan and $5.2 million in Germany.

This weekend's only wide release, Relativity's The Warrior's Way, got off to a poor ninth place start of just $3.05 million. That was even lower than the film's already low pre-release expectations. The performance marked the second straight disappointment for Relativity, following in the footsteps of Let Me In this past October. The Warrior's Way opened 41 percent weaker than the $5.15 million start of Let Me In and should disappear from theatres just as quickly.

There was much better news on the platform front, as Fox Searchlight's Black Swan was off to a terrific start. The Darren Aronofsky directed film starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis grossed $1.44 million from just 18 locations, giving it a per-location average of $80,212. The platform debut was right in between the $1.87 million start of last year's Precious (18 locations) and the $1.18 million start of last year's Up in the Air (15 locations). While it's still very early, chances are looking great that Black Sawn will top the $26.24 million gross of 2008's The Wrestler to become Aronofsky's highest grossing film to date.

The King's Speech also remained strong in platform release with a second weekend gross of $324,515. The awards hopeful from The Weinstein Company was down 9 percent from last weekend, but only increased its location count from 4 to 6 this weekend. The King's Speech earned a per-location average of $54,086 and has now grossed $807,973 in its first ten days of release.

Turning back to this weekend's wide releases, spots three through five were separated by only $477,251. All three films, Sony's Burlesque and Fox releases Unstoppable and Love and Other Drugs, held up nicely for the weekend after Thanksgiving. Burlesque claimed third with $6.13 million, Unstoppable took fourth with $5.97 million, while Love and Other Drugs held up especially well to round out the top five with $5.65 million. Twelve-day totals stand at $26.99 million for Burlesque and at $22.57 million for Love and Other Drugs. Unstoppable has grossed $68.76 million through 24 days of release.

Tags: Love and Other Drugs, Unstoppable, Burlesque, The King's Speech, Black Swan, The Warrior's Way, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Tangled

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