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Tanlged Tangles Turkey Day Tickets - Week 4

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
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Love and Other Drugs

Last year Disney tried to convince moviegoers that The Princess & The Frog was like your father's Oldsmobile and the audience wasn't ready for a throwback. This year they made Tangled seem fresh and the audiences came roaring back.

Returning to the winning formula of a sheltered princess, the street-wise guy who falls for her beguiling naivety, and an evil old lady trying to stop them that worked in Enchanted and about 37,000 other Disney films, Tangled was the best opening ever for a Disney animated movie (non-Pixar) topping their previous best of Chicken Little's $40 million in 2005. Tangled entrapped $68.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving Weekend for an even hairier opening than Megamind. Look out, DreamWorks, there's a new animation player in town!

While the biggest trick Disney may have pulled was hiding the fact that the film was a musical (Seriously, I had no idea until I read a review last Wednesday… The trailers kept that a complete secret!), the other trick may have been making their best movie since Mulan (Sorry, was never a Lilo & Stitch fan though I know some swear by it). Perhaps The Princess & The Frog warted with all that hype placed upon it, yet with little expectations going in Tangled ended-up delivering everything they used to do without even trying.

While it's good to have a lot of turkey over the holidays, what you want to avoid are a lot of turkeys. Sadly, that's what the other three films gave us.

Burlesque, Love and Other Drugs, and Faster combined to deliver the leftovers you keep stuck in the fridge and eventually throw-out two-weeks too late. Inflated 5-day opening totals brought them to $17.3 million, $13.9 million, and 12 million not-so respectively. While that's probably more tickets sold than people who actually bought Christina Aguilera's last album (or even Cher's last album, for that matter), the film is playing about equal to the big-screen version of Rent that came out in 2005 and if you forgot they even made a movie version of that, you're not the only one.

It is surprising to me that Love and Other Drugs performed better than Faster though. The testosterone demographic had no other film vying for its attention. Dwayne Johnson used to pack arenas and sell pay-per-view events by the millions as The Rock and yet he can't sell a ticket when it comes to bringing that ass-kicking persona to the silver screen. Still, while some may mock his family-film career, compared to Hulk Hogan's offerings of Suburban Commando and Mr. Nanny, The Rock's cooking doesn't smell that bad.

HP7 Part One waved its wand one more time and conjured another $74.5 million dollars for a magical $219.1 million 10-day total. While the film is doing fantastic, Tangled stands a good chance at passing it in the weekly totals next week. This is what I've always said Harry Potter needs: song and dance numbers! Com'on, "You've Put a Spell On Me," "Witchcraft," etc… All these songs have already been written. Just throw them into the movie with a "Be My Guest" flair and then this series will finally be getting somewhere! Well, just before it ends, I guess.

The Top Five If Today Was MLK Day:
#1. Harry Potter 7: Part 1 - $219.1 million
#2. MegaMind - $130.2 million
#3. Due Date - $84.7 million
#4. Tangled - $68.7 million
#5. Unstoppable - $60.4 million

This Week
I'm sure there's a good reason why Hollywood typically ignores this weekend during their holiday schedule. In the old days, it's because whatever was the big Thanksgiving Day movie (back when the biggest movies were released then, just like they were around Memorial Day), it would still be playing well the next week later and no one thought they could compete. Well, with multiplexes and thousands of screens available, people who really want to see a movie go out and do it on opening weekends and then they'll go out and see another one the next week. Sadly for them, there is no new film to see… Well, ok, there's one, but it's The Warrior's Way.

Given that Ninja Assassin didn't exactly "kill' at the box-office last year, I don't think many are expecting The Warrior's Way to fare any better. That said, seeing Kate Bosworth in here after her stint as Lois Lane in Superman Returns is akin to seeing Margot Kidder turn to voice-acting in GoBots: War of the Rock Lords. The only way is down after being with the Last Son of Krypton…

by Matt Neuenburg on 11/29/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Burlesque, Due Date, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Love and Other Drugs, Megamind, Tangled, Unstoppable
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