Disney Spins ‘Tangled’ Hair Into Box-Office Gold

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Disney Spins ‘Tangled’ Hair Into Box-Office Gold

This article comes to us from the NY Times.

Four wide-release movies arrived at already crowded multiplexes over the Thanksgiving holiday, and three of them — “Burlesque,” “Love & Other Drugs” and “Faster” — appeared to be in tryptophan torpors.

But Rapunzel, above, came to the rescue at the weekend box office: “Tangled,” an updated take on the long-haired princess, performed sharply better than expected. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (Warner Brothers) was No. 1 at the North American box office for a second week, selling about $76 million in tickets over the five-day holiday period for a new domestic total of $220 million.

“Tangled” (Walt Disney Studios) sold about $69 million, validating Disney’s controversial decision to play down this film’s musical and princess elements in marketing materials; strong reviews and premium-priced 3-D screenings also helped.

DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind” (distributed by Paramount) was third with $17.6 million for a new total of $130.5 million, according to Hollywood.com, which compiles box-office statistics. “Burlesque,” a musical starring Cher and Christina Aguilera that Sony Pictures Entertainment backed with a hefty marketing campaign, was fourth with about $17 million.

Denzel Washington’s runaway-train thriller, “Unstoppable” (20th Century Fox), took fifth place in its third week with about $16 million for a total of over $60 million. Opening out of the Top 5 were “Love & Other Drugs,” a romantic comedy from 20th Century Fox starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway that took in $14 million, and “Faster,” a thriller from CBS Films and Sony that had about $12 million in sales.

“The King’s Speech,” a drama from the Weinstein Company that is considered an Oscar contender, opened in four theaters to $349,791, a total that is considered quite strong for such a limited release.


Disney Spins ‘Tangled’ Hair Into Box-Office Gold


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