Seven-Day Summary: 'Potter' Edges Out 'Tangled'

by Ray Subers
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

December 3, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 plummeted in its second week but still held off formidable competition from Tangled. Burlesque, Love and Other Drugs and Faster also had their first full weeks, though none made much of an impression. Overall box office was down around four percent from last year, when The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Blind Side led the way.

Deathly Hallows Part 1 fell 66 percent to $57.5 million, which was the sharpest decline ever for a Harry Potter movie. That's significantly higher than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's 57 percent second week drop, which was the last Potter movie to open the weekend before Thanksgiving. With a $227.5 million total, Deathly Hallows Part 1 is still pacing ahead of Goblet of Fire, though it's slightly behind Half-Blood Prince's $229.4 million 14-day tally.

While it settled for second place, Tangled scored a huge $55 million at 3,603 locations. That brought its nine-day total to just shy of $75 million, which was way up from Disney's similarly-themed Enchanted ($53.6 million). It now seems poised to finish in first place this weekend, which is quite a feat for a non-Pixar Disney animated movie.

Thanks to decent showings Monday through Thursday, Burlesque moved past Megamind in to third place for the seven-day period with $15.5 million. Its $20.9 million total was slightly ahead of Rent's $19.3 million through the same point.

Megamind dipped 42 percent to $14 million for a four-week total of $131.7 million. While it did pass Bee Movie's $126.6 million total, it's unlikely that Megamind will move in to the upper echelon of DreamWorks Animation movies.

Unstoppable eased 32 percent, adding $13.8 million to bring its total to $62.8 million. It's on track to eclipse the final tally of Tony Scott and Denzel Washington's last train-related action movie, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, by the end of the weekend.

Love and Other Drugs and Faster were unable to crack the Top Five this week. Love and Other Drugs grossed $12.8 million for a nine-day total of $16.9 million, while Faster had a slow week, making $10.8 million for a total of $14.3 million.

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