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Box Office Breakdown: Tangled Climbs Above Potter

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Despite initially debuting in second place, Tangled reached new heights this week. The Disney feature climbed out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow’s shadow to take the box office crown.

Tangled is now the second film this year to move up the ladder to the #1 spot. Another animated featured, How to Train Your Dragon, was the first.

The chart’s only new wide release, The Warrior’s Way, will likely fall out of the Top Ten by Week 2. The actioner starring Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush started its run in ninth place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Deathly Hallows Avoids Getting Tangled

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Tangled's tresses weren't quite long enough to get past the Deathly Hallows last weekend.

Despite a $48.8 million debut ($68.7 million since Wednesday), Disney's latest animated feature found itself in a tight race. The film starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi landed firmly into second place -- approximately $300,000 shy of two-time winner Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Burlesque, featuring Christina Aguilera and Cher, rang up $11.9 million in ticket sales and a fourth-place finish. Although that figure isn't exactly something to brag about, it does represent Cher's biggest opening to date.

Promises of nudity couldn't get Love and Other Drugs into the Top 5. The Anne Hathaway/Jake Gyllenhaal movie earned less than $10 million and a sixth place debut. Meanwhile, Faster -- starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton -- grossed $8.5 million for seventh place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Breaks Franchise Record

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set a new record for the franchise this weekend – without the help of any 3-D prices.

The penultimate film in the series took in a magical $125 million, beating the previous mark set by 2005’s Goblet of Fire (which debuted to $102.7 million). The movie, which more than doubled what the other Top 10 entries did combined, also found itself ranked sixth on the all-time openers list.

In comparison, Paul Haggis’ did about 5% of what Harry Potter accomplished. That’s the smallest open for Russell Crowe since 2006’s A Good Year.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 19, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13): starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint (directed by David Yates)
  • The Next Three Days (PG-13): starring Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks (directed by Paul Haggis)
  • Guzaarish* (NR): starring Aishwarya Rai Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Nafisa Ali (directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
  • Heartless* (NR): starring Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke, Clemence Poesy (directed by Philip Ridley)

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Casting Corner: Daniel Craig, Stephen Moyer and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Daniel Craig: If you found out your Dream House was once the scene of a murder - what would you do? What would James Bond do? Next year, Daniel Craig will take on the Morgan Creek thriller set in a New England town. The film will be directed by Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (In America).

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