Seven-Day Summary: 'Tangled' Vanquishes Fading 'Potter'
by Ray Subers
December 10, 2010
Both Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 experienced steep declines this week, though Tangled held on to a greater share of its audience and moved up to first place. Among new releases, few took interest in The Warrior's Way, while Black Swan got off to what was easily the best limited start of the year thus far. Overall box office was down around 13 percent from last year, when The Blind Side was on top.
Tangled fell 53 percent to $26.1 million. This was slightly steeper than Enchanted's 50 percent decline at the same point, though Tangled opened much higher. In 16 days, Tangled has earned $101.1 million, which compared favorably to Enchanted's $73.2 million.
Deathly Hallows Part 1 plummeted again, this time down 62 percent to $21.7 million. While its drop was about even with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, its gross was below Goblet's for the second straight week. In 21 days, Deathly Hallows Part 1 has earned $249.2 million.
Burlesque took third place for the second week in a row, falling 45 percent to $8.5 million for a total of $29.4 million. On Thursday, it passed the final total of similarly-timed musical Rent, though it still lagged in attendance.
Unstoppable managed to move up a spot this week, finishing in fourth place with $7.7 million. The Tony Scott-Denzel Washington runaway train movie has earned $70.5 million and is now on track to become the frequent collaborators' highest-grossing movie since Crimson Tide in 1995.
Love and Other Drugs rounded out the Top Five, easing 39 percent to $7.7 million for a total of $24.6 million. Way down in ninth place, The Warrior's Way debuted to a miserable $4 million at 1,622 locations for a per-theater average of $2,452. On Wednesday and Thursday, the movie was bumped out of the Top 10 by Black Swan, which was playing at only 18 locations.
Speaking of Black Swan, the Darren Aronofsky-directed ballet thriller scored $2.3 million in its aforementioned highly-limited release. Following its impressive weekend, it played even better throughout the week, with Monday through Thursday earnings making up 37 percent of its total. Black Swan's $126,621 per-theater average topped The King's Speech's $120,865 from last week to become the highest seven-day average of 2010.
• Weekend Report: 'Tangled' Takes Reins from 'Potter'
• Weekly Box Office, Dec. 3-9
• Daily Grosses
• All-Time Domestic Grosses