"Deathly Hallows" conjures up holiday movie season

Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:21pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Big-budget franchises, classic tales told Hollywood style and major star couplings mark the upcoming holiday movie season that sees "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" once again conjuring film magic.

With its global premiere on Thursday night in London and a worldwide debut set for November 19, "Hallows," the first of a two-part finale covering the final adventure of the British boy wizard, begins a six-week holiday season that is second only to the summer in terms of ticket sales and major event movies.

"Deathly Hallows" is expected to reign at box offices just like all six of its predecessors ($5.4 billion combined), and already movie ticketing website Fandango.com has reported 900 showtimes for the movie sold out in the United States.

"The seventh 'Harry Potter' film is the most anticipated film of the holidays," said Fandango Chief Operating Officer Rick Butler. "'Deathly Hallows' is the most complex of all the 'Harry Potter' adventures so fans are waiting with bated breath to see the concluding story play out on the big screen."

But "Harry Potter" is not the only major franchise in theaters this coming holiday season. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" debuts December 10. while comedy "Little Fockers" -- from the "Meet the Parents" franchise -- is due out December 22 with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their awkward son-in-law/father-in-law relationship. This time, there are children involved.

Also landing in theaters is the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 feature "Tron," which gets a massive technological upgrade in the December 17 release of "Tron: Legacy." "Legacy" breathes new life in to a franchise that is likely to spark future installments.


Classic fairy tales also get an update. On November 24, the Brothers Grimm's "Rapunzel" gets the Disney treatment in "Tangled," a 3D animated musical. The girl with the long golden locks escapes her tower for the first time and finds herself in an adventure of self-discovery and romance.   Continued...

<p>Actor Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from the upcoming Warner Brothers film 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" in this publicity photo released to Reuters November 9, 2010. REUTERS/Warner Bros. Pictures/Handout COPYRIGHT 2009 Warner Bros. Ent, Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R</p>