''Harry Potter'' breaks another record at No. 1
Another week, another record broken by ”Harry Potter.”
After a benchmark-shattering $90.3 opening, ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” returned with another incredible $83.5 million over the five-day holiday weekend. That figure tops the previous holiday record holder, 1999’s ”Toy Story 2,” which grossed $80.1 million over the same period. (”Harry’s” achievement is even more impressive when you consider that the ”Toy Story” number is from that film’s opening weekend.) ”Harry”’s 10-day total stands at around $190 million.
Comparing only the Friday through Sunday portion of this weekend to ”Harry”’s opening, the film dropped off 36 percent. By comparison, last year’s top Thanksgiving film, ”Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” fell only 5 percent. Apparently, ”Harry”’s more fervent followers rushed out to see the film in its first weekend.
The Thanksgiving weekend was great for family movies in general. Despite the competition from two high-profile new entries, Disney and Pixar’s ”Monsters, Inc.” held onto the No. 2 position with $33.1 million. Its take over the three-day period was $25.1 million, up an impressive 11 percent from last weekend. After four weeks, its total is now approximately $195 million; at this point in its release, ”Shrek” had earned $176.1 million.
Close behind in third place was the Robert Redford/Brad Pitt CIA thriller ”Spy Game,” which, helped by generally good reviews, overcame its audience-limiting R rating and earned $30.5 million over the holiday. Most analysts expected ”Spy Game” to overtake ”Monsters, Inc.” and place second, but as many Thanksgiving moviegoers are families, its often violent content hurt it slightly at the ticket counters.
Martin Lawrence’s time-travel comedy ”Black Knight” performed respectably, grossing $16.1 million, enough for fourth place. It’s already made half what his last picture, this summer’s flop ”What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” grossed; that caper eventually petered out with only $32 million.
Rounding out the top five was the Gwyneth Paltrow comedy ”Shallow Hall,” which earned another $12.5 million in its third weekend, bringing its total to $57 million. Her last wide release, the drama ”Bounce,” in which she costarred with Ben Affleck, made only $36.7 million total. Perhaps she should don that fat suit more often. On second thought….
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