Right on the heels of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was Disney's animated 3D feature Tangled, which brought in an estimated $49.1 million at 3,603 sites in North America as reported at Box Office Mojo.
Thanks to 3D surcharges, Tangled's per-theater weekend average was higher than Harry Potter's: $13,628 vs. $12,205 (at 4,125 locations).
Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, Tangled has scored $69 million since its Wednesday opening — and it's actually expected to top the U.S. and Canada box office today. Tangled's budget lay somewhere between $150-200m.
At no. 4, the Cher-Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque earned $11.8 million, averaging a disappointing $3,885 at 3,037 sites. Burlesque's five-day Thanksgiving weekend total was a modest $17.15m.
There's no way Burlesque will be able to recover its reported $60m budget (not including distribution/marketing costs) at the domestic box office.
At no. 5, Tony Scott's Unstoppable, starring Star Trek's Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, collected $11.75 million, down only 9.7 percent from last weekend. It's possible that Burlesque and Unstoppable will reverse positions when box office actuals are released on Monday.
Unstoppable, which cost $100m, has underperformed despite the many good reviews. Total after 17 days: $60.72m.
Compounding matters, Unstoppable hasn't been doing all that great overseas, where it's taken in only $42.92m. That's not surprising, as Denzel Washington's vehicles tend to perform better domestically than abroad and hardly ever pass the $100m milestone internationally (American Gangster was a notable exception).
Photo: Burlesque (Stephen Vaughn / Sony Pictures)