Box Office: Harry Potter Won’t be Tangled, Faster Not Nearly Fast Enough

You can’t keep a kid and his best buds down, especially when they’re wielding magic wands. Such was the case at the box office, where the penultimate entry in the “Harry Potter” franchise continues to wield is magic to the tune of $50 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates, giving the next-to-last flick a whopping two-week total of $220 million so far. The film has done even better overseas, where “Deathly Hallows Part 1” took in another $389 million, giving it $609 million worldwide as of right now, and the year is still very young for Potter and company.

Though it won the box office crown for the second straight week, “Deathly Hallows Part 1” just barely edged out newcomer “Tangled”, which took second place with its own impressive $$49 million weekend debut, easily beating out fellow new studio release “Faster”. The Dwayne Johnson actioner barely made an impression at the box office, clearing just $$8.7 million in its debut, just enough not to land completely out of the Top 10. It’s a good thing The Rock has smartly cultivated more than just action movie creds, so it looks like it’s time to knock out another cutesy kiddie flick. Meanwhile, the romantic comedy “Love and Other Drugs” fared slightly better than “Faster”, landing in sixth place with $9.8 million.


Though it failed to knock “Harry Potter” and company off their perch, “Tangled”, the Mandy Moore/Zachary Levi re-telling of the “Rapunzel” fairy tale still managed the second best opening during a 5-day Thanksgiving weekend. While industry expectations had the film topping off at $40 million, the film instead surpassed that mark by a very healthy margin. Meanwhile, “Burlesque”, a film where Christina Aguilera plays a girl who shows off her huge singing skills, thus surprising everyone in the cast (but not the audience, obviously), opened in fourth place with $11.8 million. Not an entirely bad haul for a film without much of an audience, and featuring a storyline that has been done to death, usually starring a “new” hot singer of the moment, though it’s interesting it took Aguilera this long to do her own version of “Crossroads”, if you will. Certainly the guys behind the Russell Crowe thriller “The Next Three Days” would have taken “Burlesque’s” haul in a heartbeat. Now in its second week, “The Next Three Days” has barely cleared $16 million in total worldwide box office.

1 —–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 —– $50,345,000 —–$220,352,000
2 —–Tangled —–$49,100,000—– $69,000,000
3 —–Megamind —– $12,850,000 —– $130,466,000
4 —–Burlesque —–$11,800,000 —– $17,150,000
5 —–Unstoppable —–$11,750,000—– $60,726,000
6 —–Love and Other Drugs —–$9,850,000 —–$14,000,000
7 —–Faster —–$8,708,000 —– $12,200,000
8 —–Due Date —–$7,300,000 —– $85,018,000
9 —–The Next Three Days —–$4,840,000 —– $14,551,000
10 —–Morning Glory —– $4,030,000 —– $26,451,000

'Hold still, magic kids, while I show you my flying wand. Ahem.'