"Harry Potter" set to rule Thanksgiving box office

Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:42pm EST
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By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Harry Potter will easily retain his crown at the weekend box office in North America even as four new movies take advantage of Thanksgiving-fueled business.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" rang up $125 million during its first weekend and could do up to half as well during the three days beginning Friday.

Of the four new movies opening Wednesday, a day ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Disney's 3D animated adventure "Tangled" should perform the best. Industry prognosticators expect it to earn $25 million or more for the weekend and up to $40 million for the Wednesday-Sunday span.

Also new are:

- Sony's female-oriented musical "Burlesque" -- starring Christina Aguilera and Cher -- which should fetch low teen millions for the weekend and reach at least the high teens through its first five days;

- Fox's romantic comedy "Love and Other Drugs, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, which should cop $13 million or more in Friday-Sunday sales and perhaps $17 million from the longer period; and

- CBS Films' guy-friendly Dwayne Johnson action movie "Faster," similarly speeding toward a sum in the low teen millions for the weekend and a five-day total in the high teens.

A retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale -- with Mandy Moore providing the voice of the long-haired princess -- "Tangled" is getting the widest release of any of the market entrants with more than 3,500 playdates, including 2,400-plus 3D locations.   Continued...

<p>Actors (L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton pose at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" in New York in this November 15, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>