Weekend box office: Harry Potter and the massive 'Deathly Hallows' revenue
Anyone who didn't see this coming is, like, totally a muggle. Harry Potter's seventh installment dominated the weekend box office, easily outpacing last weekend's winner, "Megamind," and this weekend's other opening, "The Next Three Days." Below, the top five:
1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1": As predicted, the latest addition to the Potter series worked its magic on the box office, raking in a $125 million in ticket sales -- a figure that includes it's midnight/early Friday showings. But while the series topped itself, outpacing its last pre-Thanksgiving opening -- 2005's "Goblet of Fire" -- "Twilight: New Moon" still holds the November opening title with $142.8 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
2. "Megamind": The Will Ferrell animated comedy about a supervillian who creates a superhero to keep himself entertained took a big hit since its core demographic succumbed to Potter-mania. This weekend's $16.1 million haul was respectable, but only a little over half of last weekend's $30.1 million take.
3. "Unstoppable": The Denzel Washington-led suspense train hit the brakes in its second weekend, with sales slowing to $13.1 million. This despite a glowing review from my nephew, Brian Kelly, who proclaimed, "it wuz like a really good movie... and kewl too."
4. "Due Date": The Robert Downey Jr./Zach Galifianakis road trip comedy brought in an unremarkable $9.2 million in its third weekend, for a total gross of $72.6 million so far. Will it pick up buzz and follow "The Hangover" to sleeper success? We're doubtful. Especially since there's no cameo from former President Clinton.
5. "The Next Three Days": Despite a flurry of appearances by the kinder, gentler Russell Crowe on a bevy of talk shows last week, his new thriller only rang up $6.7 million in box office sales. Sure it's hard to compete against that wizard kid, but this is a disappointing return for the thriller's first week.
Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" expanded to 108 theaters over the weekend and squeaked in just under a million with $915,000 for the weekend. Still, that's up over a hundred percent from last weekend, proving that a slow roll out may just be the key to longevity, big box office returns and an Oscar nod for star James Franco.
Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney
| November 21, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
Categories: Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: Weekend Box Office
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