''Harry Potter'' hangs on to the No. 1 spot
An impressive debut by ''Behind Enemy Lines'' puts it at No. 2
Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear any comparisons between ”Harry Potter” and ”Titanic” anymore. In its third weekend, ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” earned $24.1 million, according to studio estimates. That’s considerably less than the $33.3 million ”Titanic” grossed in its third weekend on its way to over $600 million domestically.
Granted, ”Titanic” didn’t start off with a $90 million opening, but ”Harry”’s 58 percent drop from last Friday through Sunday (which, in fairness, was a holiday weekend) signals that the young wizard’s record-shattering days are most likely over. For instance, it passed the $200 million mark on Friday, its 15th day of release, whereas ”The Phantom Menace” reached the same milestone after 13 days. After 17 days, its total stands at $220 million; when all is said and done, ”Harry Potter” should end up at or close to $400 million.
As expected, ”Harry” faced tough competition from the week’s only wide new release, the Owen Wilson/Gene Hackman war drama ”Behind Enemy Lines,” which earned an impressive $19.2 million. (In fact, ”Behind” topped ”Harry” on Friday, grossing $6.4 million to ”Potter”’s $5.9 million.) Twentieth Century Fox’s decision to put out the rah-rah film now as opposed to January seems to have paid off, as the current patriotic climate added to the media attention the flick received over the past weeks.
In third place was the Robert Redford/Brad Pitt CIA thriller ”Spy Game,” which fell 48 percent to $11.2 million, one of the smaller drops this week. Its total is now $46.9 million. But after its stellar Thanksgiving showing, the Disney animated hit ”Monsters, Inc.” dropped an alarming 61 percent to $9.4 million, bringing its total to $204 million. Rounding out the top five was Martin Lawrence’s time-travel comedy ”Black Knight,” quickly disappearing into oblivion with only $5.7 million in its second weekend. Where’s Big Momma when you need her?
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