The weekend after Thanksgiving ordinarily amounts to the famine following the feast for the nation's theater owners, but this year the takings were particularly lean. According to box-office trackers fewer tickets were sold last weekend than on any post-Thanksgiving weekend since 1997. Overall receipts came to $88 million. down 11.5 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago. Hardest hit were the two leaders, Disney's Tangled , which dropped 56 percent from last weekend, and Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 , which plummeted 65 percent. Only one film opened over the weekend, The Warrior's Way . Receiving little promotion or marketing push, the film was essentially allowed to escape, earning less money than any other wide-release film this year.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Tangled , Disney, $21,608,891, 2 Wks. ($96,570,812); 2. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I , Warner Bros., $17,018,475, 3 Wks. ($244,519,116); 3. Burlesque, Sony, $6,130,061, 2 Wks. ($26,986,656); 4. Unstoppable, 20th Century Fox, $5,970,194, 4 Wks. ($68,762,864); 5. Love and Other Drugs, 20th Century Fox, $5,652,810, 2 Wks. ($22,574,887); 6. Megamind, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $4,936,851, 5 Wks. ($136,611,161); 7. Due Date, Warner Bros., $4,133,286, 5 Wks. ($90,882,138); 8. Faster, CBS Films, $3,934,600, 2 Wks. ($18,217,730); 9. The Warrior's Way , Relativity Media, $3,048,665, (New); 10. The Next Three Days, Lionsgate, $2,570,908, 3 Wks. ($18,301,917).

07/12/2010