Weekend Wrap-Up

Potter vs Tangled, Post-Thanksgiving Style

By John Hamann

December 5, 2010

They were quite frightened by the giant barber's scissors.

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Due Date spends another weekend in the top ten, thanks to a weekend gross of $4.2 million. Since opening to over $30 million, Due Date has struggled. It fell 53% in its second weekend, 42% in its third, 20% over the Thanksgiving weekend, and 41% now that we're back to a normal frame. The good news for this one is that has pulled in $91 million domestically and has already grossed $73 million overseas, against a production budget of only $65 million.

CBS Films' Faster was another movie that didn't recover following the Thanksgiving weekend. After opening to $8.5 million last weekend, The Rock's revenge flick earned only $3.8 million and dropped 55%. This one cost CBS $24 million to make, but they sold foreign rights to reduce the exposure. Faster has earned $18.1 million domestically.


The Warrior's Way, the truly bizarre looking martial arts western, finishes near the back of the pack this weekend, as the distributor failed to support this one. Out to only 1,622 venues, The Warrior's Way grossed only $3 million, as the marketing was remarkably absent. Upstart distributor Relativity Media embargoed reviews heading into the weekend, killing any sort of awareness the film might have. Surprisingly, both the New York Times and Variety gave it a positive review once the embargo was lifted, so somebody somewhere needs to be fired. On the positive side, this might be how you create a cult classic – absolutely blow the opening. At the time of this writing, reviews were completely mixed at RottenTomatoes, with six positive and six negative reviews, thanks to that silly embargo. I, for one, will be looking forward to this on DVD.

Finally in tenth is Russell Crowe's The Next Three Days. The Lionsgate flop earned $2.7 million and dropped 43%. It has a running total of $18.4 million.

Overall this weekend, it was a fairly normal frame considering the date. A year ago, The Blind Side led the box office to a $91.4 million top 12, but last year, due to the strength of The Blind Side, was a bit of an anomaly. The previous two years both saw top 12s in the $70 millions range, and this year is actually slightly better than that. The top 12 earned $81.3 million. Next weekend, things get interesting again. Openers include Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the Narnia film that will kill the series if it doesn't produce, and the Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie pair-up in The Tourist.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/3/10-12/5/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Tangled Walt Disney Pictures $21,500,000 $21,608,908 - 55.7% $96,570,812
2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Warner Bros. $16,735,000 $17,018,475 - 65.3% $244,519,116
3 Burlesque Screen Gems $6,100,000 $6,130,061 - 48.7% $26,986,656
4 Unstoppable 20th Century Fox $6,100,000 $5,970,194 - 47.8% $68,762,864
5 Love and Other Drugs 20th Century Fox $5,700,000 $5,652,810 - 42.0% $22,574,887
6 Megamind DreamWorks Animation $5,030,000 $4,936,851 - 60.7% $136,611,161
7 Due Date Warner Bros. Pictures $4,215,000 $4,133,286 - 42.3% $90,882,138
8 Faster CBS Films $3,828,900 $3,934,600 - 53.8% $18,217,730
9 The Warrior's Way $3,051,000 $3,048,665 New $3,048,665
10 The Next Three Days Lionsgate $2,650,000 $2,570,908 - 45.1% $18,301,917
11 Morning Glory Paramount $1,780,000 $1,681,759 - 57.0% $29,011,482
12 127 Hours Fox Searchlight Pictures $1,600,000 $1,619,138 - 5.3% $6,611,762
  Also Opening/Notables
  Black Swan Universal $1,394,265 $1,443,809 New $1,443,809
  I Love You Phillip Morris Freestyle Releasing $110,000 $112,520 New $112,520
  All Good Things Magnolia Pictures $40,000 $37,172 New $37,172
  Night Catches Us Magnolia Pictures N/A $13,562 New $13,562
  Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale $9,520 $9,281 New $9,281
  Bhutto First Run N/A $8,275 New $8,275
  The King's Speech Weinstein Co. $325,874 $324,515 New $807,933
  The Nutcracker 3d Freestyle $50,000 $60,771 New $159,515
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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