Box Office: Harry Potter Gets Tangled, Black Swan Kills in Limited Release

Harry Potter is wizard of the box office no more. In its third week of release, the first of the franchise’s two-parter finale lost its crown to the surprising hit “Tangled”, which took the top spot after just narrowly missing out in its debut last week. “Tangled” took in an estimated $21.5 million in its second week, beating out “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″, which added $16.7 million to its coffers in its third week of release. “Deathly Hallows” has made $244 million so far in the States, and $627 million worldwide after three weeks in theaters. “Tangled”, meanwhile, now has $96 million in its domestic total and $111 million worldwide after two weeks of release.

“Tangled” and “Harry Potter” easily beat out the week’s new openings, including “The Warrior’s Way”, which despite opening in a surprising 1,622 screens (way more than I had expected), just barely cleared $3 million in its debut. The film took in a disappointing $1,881 average per screen. On the other side of the spectrum, Darren Aronofsky’s ballet supernatural drama opened in just 18 screens, but still managed almost $1.4 million, which breaks down to a whopping $77,444 per screen average. The film could eventually prove to be Aronofsky’s biggest hit to date once it goes wide. Who would have thunk it?

Other new openings include “I Love You, Phillip Morris”, which opened in just 6 theaters, Kristen Dunst and Ryan Gosling’s “All Good Things”, “Night Catches Us”, and the horror import “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”. None of those films made much of a blip, so good luck finding them at your local theaters. By the way, remember when Jim Carrey was a major Hollywood draw? Maybe it’s not too late to get “Dumb and Dumberererer” and another “Ace Ventura” sequel up and running…

1 —–Tangled —–$21,500,000—–$96,461,000
2 —–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 —–$16,735,000 —– $244,236,000
3 —–Burlesque —–$6,100,000 —– $26,957,000
4 —–Unstoppable —–$6,100,000—– $68,893,000
5 —–Love and Other Drugs —–$5,700,000 —–$22,622,000
6 —–Megamind —– $5,030,000 —– $136,704,000
7 —–Due Date —–$4,215,000—– $90,964,000
8 —–Faster —–$3,829,000 —– $18,112,000
9 —–The Warrior’s Way —–$3,051,000—– $3,051,000
10 —–The Next Three Days —–$2,650,000 —–$18,381,000

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