Post-Holiday 'Harry Potter' Nabs Another $20.8 Mil to Top Friday Box Office
As the nation feasted on leftovers Friday, it also scarfed up movies, with Warners' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, once again at the top of the menu.
The beginning of the end of the boy wizard's on-screen odyssey took in an estimated $20.8 million in theaters in North America as its eight-day total crossed the $190 million mark.
Disney's animated Tangled, a reworking of the Rapunzel tale from directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, was the only new arrival that moviegoers really bit into in a big way. The 3D, PG movie was right on Harry's heals, attracting $19.7 million in 3,603 theaters on its third day of release, while its three-day figure rose to nearly $40 million.
Another 3D entry, Disney Animation's Megamind, also benefited from the surge of holiday moviegoers. As it began its fourth weekend, it held onto the third spot, collecting $5.4 million, as it crossed the $120 million mark.
Fox's runaway train tale, Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington, lived up to its title. It eased into the fourth spot, as it began its third weekend in theaters, as it pulled in $4.6 million, while its domestic gross rose to $53.6 million.
The combined diva power of Cher and Christina Aguilera couldn't raise their new, PG-13 rated Burlesque above fifth place. The Screen Gems production, directed by Steve Antin and released by Sony, took in about $4.5 million for the day in 3,037 theaters. Since opening Wednesday, it's collected just under $10 million.
Fox R-rated romance, Love and Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenenhaal and Anne Hathaway directed by Edward Zwick, tagged along in sixth place with $3.8 million in 2,366 theaters. Its three-day cume stands at just under $8 million.
Rounding out the new releases, CBS Films' actioner Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by George Tillman Jr., ranked seventh, attracting $3.2 million on Friday in 2,454 theaters, and posting a three-day tally of just under $7 million.