Image Credit: DisneyThe week after Thanksgiving is historically known for its precipitous drops, and in that regard, this weekend didn’t disappoint. The overall box office was down 54 percent from last week, as Disney’s Tangled, armed with a frying pan, bludgeoned its way past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 to claim first place with $21.5 million, according to studio estimates. Tangled declined 56 percent from last weekend — a modest drop for a weekend that’s particularly harsh to family films. The animated spin on the Rapunzel fairy tale has so far grossed $96.5 million. Deathly Hallows, which led the box office two weeks in a row, fell to second place with $16.7 million — a 66 percent drop. The PG-13 fantasy film has tallied $244.2 million domestically, and $713.3 million worldwide.
The Cher-Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque and Denzel Washington action thriller Unstoppable tied for third place with $6.1 million. The victor of this collision between two divas and a speeding train won’t be decided until Monday’s final figures are released. In fifth place, the R-rated romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs held up surprisingly well, dipping only 42 percent for $5.7 million. The weekend’s only new wide release, the R-rated Western-meets-martial-arts cocktail The Warrior’s Way, made an impact that only a seismometer could detect. Playing at 1,622 theaters, the $42 million action film debuted in ninth place with just $3.1 million.
By comparison, Black Swan made nearly half as much as The Warrior’s Way while playing at 1/90th the number of theaters. The Darren Aronofsky psychological horror film, starring Natalie Portman as one disturbed ballerina, earned a staggering $1.4 million from 18 theaters. The R-rated Oscar hopeful scored a per-location average of $77,459 — the second highest of the year behind The King’s Speech, which opened last weekend to an $88,863 average from four theaters. Speaking of The King’s Speech, the historical drama (and presumed Oscar frontrunner) dropped a mere 8 percent for $326,000. Also in limited release, the Jim Carrey-Ewan McGregor romantic comedy, I Love You, Phillip Morris, debuted to $113,000 from six theaters, for a respectable $18,883 per-theater average.
Check back next weekend as the Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie romantic thriller The Tourist takes on a movie whose title contains 36 more letters: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
1. Tangled — $21.5 mil
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 — $16.7 mil
3. (tie) Burlesque — $6.1 mil
3. (tie) Unstoppable — $6.1 mil
5. Love and Other Drugs — $5.7 mil