“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1” was the top movie of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking in $50.3 million in ticket sales over three days for Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros.
“Tangled,” Walt Disney Co.’s animated update of the fairy tale Rapunzel, opened with $49.1 million in sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. The film was one of four new movies in wide release this weekend.
The “Potter” films, Hollywood’s top-grossing franchise, are expected to generate $7.5 billion in ticket sales by the time the series ends in July with the release of an eighth movie, “Deathly Hallows -- Part 2,” the estimate of Warner Bros. Chief Executive Officer Barry Meyer. The first seven, based on the books by J.K. Rowling, all opened in first place.
In “Deathly Hallows,” Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes, gains control of the magical world as Harry and his pals, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, go into hiding. They try to avoid capture while seeking artifacts that hold portions of the evil wizard’s soul. The returning cast includes Daniel Radcliffe in the title role, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
The first six “Potter” films took $5.44 billion in worldwide sales, according to researcher Box Office Mojo. The “Star Wars” movies have grossed $4.48 billion, while the “James Bond” franchise has produced $3.03 billion. The numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation.
“Tangled” tells the story of Rapunzel, a girl whose magical hair is 70 feet long. Locked away in a tower, she is freed by a charming bandit. Mandy Moore provides the voice of Rapunzel and Zachary Levi plays the bandit Flynn Rider.
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